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Eating It? BPA Found in Surprising Places

How to limit you exposure to BPA

Canned Food
Canned foods are thought to be the predominate route of BPA exposure.

  •  Buy prepared foods in jars when possible–especially tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  • Opt for fresh produce when you can, choose frozen produce over canned.

Infant Formula
All U.S. manufacturers use BPA-based lining on the metal portions of infant formula containers. Tests of liquid formulas by the FDA and EWG show that BPA leaches into the formula from all brands tested. Enfamil formula appears to have the highest concentrations of the 20 tests. The only solution here is to use alternatives to canned formula. If you have found a formula that is listed as BPA-free, please tell us about it in the comment field!

Plastics
When possible it is best to avoid #7 plastics, especially for children’s food. Plastics with the recycling labels #1, #2 and #4 on the bottom are safer choices and do not contain BPA.

  • Find baby bottles in glass versions, or those made from the safer plastics including polyamine, polypropylene and polyethylene.
  • Soft or cloudy-colored plastic does not contain BPA.
  • Many metal water bottles are lined with a plastic coating that contains BPA. Look for stainless steel bottles that do not have a plastic liner.

For the full details of the report, visit Consumer Reports.org.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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6:54AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Have been using canned beans, tomatoes & corn. Now I will change my ways. Do not understand why the government keeps our health in jeopardy. Money is the motive I suppose.

5:33PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

great list! thank you :)

Please keep it up with positive pro-active instructions in articles :)

9:28PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

If the FDA and government know of this, why isn't something being done for our health's sake? Big bucks, I'm guessing. This makes the medical profession thrive.

5:32PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

This is very concerning. For storage of leftovers, I made the switch to glass containers instead of plastic tupperware a while back. And, at all costs, I avoid buying anything canned.

2:48PM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Thanks!

7:24AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

I do my best to avoid purchasing foods in containers that contain BPA. But I have 2 grand daughters that live with me and one of them just doesn't seem to get the message to avoid these type containers when buying food and drink products. When she cooks, I generally say I'm not hungry and scavange later in the foods that I know didn't come from those containers.

We are getting more and more into gardening and raising our own vegetables and seasonings. We do our own composting and this way we know what we are putting into our system. I have another grand daughter who lives in an apartment in the city and she has taken to growing in large flower pots on her apartment patio to avoid the additives that the government allows big businesses to put into the containers and the foods.

Oh, and Max M. I ordinarily do not approve of foul language words, but this time I love your comment on what FDA stands for. Because at this point , you are absolutely correct! And might I add, big business $$$$'s has gained them that new name!

6:41AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

I try to buy things in glass which I then recycle. But still need the reminder to avoid canned goods. Can't figure out of Fiji water is OK. Buy glass bottled water if I have to buy water. Thank you for the reminders. Sharing, because knowledge is power.

3:20AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Wow, Is there nothing the big conglomerates won't poison in their neverending greed!!

10:37PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

My roommate works for SABIC I.P., a huge global plastic manufacturing company. I will surely confront him with this, and the canned foods in the storage room are going......today! For the most part, we switched to glass jars anyway, because of a concern of canned food containing too much iron a few years ago. The beans in tomato sauce however, which my roommate really loves, are still bought canned, because of the canned version of the beans being much cheaper then his glass jarred-nephew. As you can understand....now I know this, and his glass jarred-nephew is the only one that's bought from now on!

6:38PM PST on Feb 18, 2011

scary

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