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Q. I was alarmed to read that eating canned soup can raise body levels of BPA. If this is true for canned soups, wouldn’t it follow that other canned foods would pose the same problem?

A. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a component in clear hard plastics and the linings of cans. Many canned foods contain BPA that leaches into the food from the lining.

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people who ate canned soup for a week dramatically increased the amount of BPA in their urine (Nov. 23/30, 2011). Because BPA can act like estrogen in the body, this is worrisome.

Another reader commented:

“It’s not just soup but any canned food that may be exposed to BPA. Some companies do not line their cans with BPA. Look online to find the brands that are BPA-free.”
There is another overlooked source of BPA. A different reader warns: “BPA also coats the paper that many store receipts are printed on. It comes off on hands. Consumers should decline receipts, or handle them with care and wash their hands afterwards. Children should never be allowed to handle these receipts.” Research has confirmed that register receipts often contain BPA that can be absorbed through the skin (Environmental Health Perspectives, online Jan. 1, 2012).

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  1. Mike

    Please follow up with more information on this subject. There seems to be a great deal of concern on this matter and not a lot of sources for us to refer to.
    This also brings up milk containers and anything in plastic bottles.
    People’s Pharmacy response: You might be interested in our radio show on the topic:
    We have another show planned, so please stay tuned.

  2. Jesse

    Cans without BPA will say so on the label.
    Eden Foods shows on their cans that they do not contain BPA.
    I keep a case of Eden Foods beans on hand in my emergency supplies.
    Also, I would like to know if the soups and other food such as almond milk in boxes contain BPA in the liner.

  3. Susan

    For more information about BPA go to the web sight EWG.org
    I have found this sight helpful for many other health related concerns.

  4. W.H.

    Is this true of commercially canned foods in jars, or is it in the lids we home canners use? Where did you get your information? It would be helpful to have a link to more information on this.
    Thank you so much.

  5. lks

    Distressing to learn about receipts having BPA. I’ve wondered for many years about the safety of plastic wrap covering our foods, i.e. meats, chicken, etc. It may not be BPA related, but still wonder.

  6. PWR

    Are you supposed to give up eating soup and vegetables
    out of cans?
    Is there a list of companies that have more BPA in the cans than others?

  7. Carol

    Very scary! The jar lids and plastic bags need more information. Those of us who charge items to credit or debit cards must keep receipts and handle them when checking against the statement, not to mention during tax return preparation! Another good reminder to wash hands frequently.

  8. Glenda H.

    Do labels on canned food indicate whether or not BPA is used?

  9. CB

    Since these receipts and can linings are so harmful, why not just get rid of the BPA? I understand that Europe does not line its food cans with BPA. What about all the workers that must handle receipts?

  10. JMH

    That is definitely a concern in our home, if true.

  11. Paul43

    I would like to hear more about this subject.

  12. Lori

    What about the plastic bags for storing vegetables and fruits? Are the green ones that extend the freshness life of the produce any more or less safe than the regular bags? I try not to use too many bags, but storage, for those of us some distance from produce is an issue; especially when I “invest” in organics.

  13. DMK

    Our local food co-op addresses the BPA coated receipt issue by asking whether or not you want a receipt at the checkout. If you don’t, a receipt is not even generated.

  14. cpmt

    ALSO, mason type jars to preserve vegetables and fruits have BPA (lining the metal cover/lid).

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