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Chemical linked to breast cancer found in canned foods marketed to kids

September 22, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO — Product testing by the non-profit group Breast Cancer Fund has found bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogenic chemical linked to breast cancer in lab studies, in canned foods marketed directly to children.

For the report, titled “BPA in Kids’ Canned Food,” the Breast Cancer Fund tested six different canned foods marketed to and consumed by kids.

Every food sample tested positive for BPA, with Campbell’s Disney Princess and Toy Story soups testing the highest.

“The levels of BPA we found in these canned foods marketed to children are of great concern because BPA disrupts the body’s delicate hormonal systems,” the Breast Cancer Fund said on its website. “While a child-sized serving of these foods may result in BPA exposure at a level of concern, the repeated servings of canned soups, pastas, vegetables, fruits that a child eats in a week, in a year, and throughout her developing years, are what drive our Cans Not Cancer campaign.”
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