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Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A is a toxin found in cans, sports bottles, food-storage containers and baby bottles. Hundreds of studies have linked BPA to health problems including breast and prostate cancer, early puberty, and developmental issues in fetuses and babies.

Blog Posts

  • It’s time to ban toxins in kids’ products

    This back-to-school season we’re urging you to BYOB: ban your old bottles.

  • Senators reach agreement on food safety bill

    Legislation unveiled  by a bipartisan group of Senators yesterday moved the bill one step closer to the end game. Who says nothing gets done in Washington during August recess?

  • Reid ready to move on food safety bill?

    Hopeful news out of Washington this week that the Senate may be getting closer to a vote on the food safety bill before they break for August recess.

  • General Mills Subsidiary Pulls BPA Cans

    General Mills announced that their subsidiary Muir Glen will no longer use Bisphenol A (BPA) tainted cans for their organic tomatoes. What companies will follow suit?

  • FDA expresses “some concern” but fails to ban BPA

    FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg  announced a shift in her agency’s stance on the health risks posed by Bisphenol A,  a chemical used in clear plastic bottles and in the linings of food and beverage cans, but did not call for a ban on  its use in food contact substances. Learn more about FDA’s position here.

  • CR tests find wide range of Bisphenol A in soups, juice, and more

    Consumer Reports’ latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods we tested contain some BPA. Our findings are notable because they indicate the extent of potential exposure: Consumers eating just one serving of the canned vegetable soup we tested would get Continue Reading

  • Industry reacts to Consumer Reports’ BPA report

    Consumer Reports’ recent article on the presence of Bisphenol A in canned food drew widespread interest after it was published this past week. It also quickly drew critical comments from industry groups representing companies that manufacture or use BPA, a chemical whose safety is currently being reassessed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Results of our tests on 24 different canned/packaged food

    Here are the actual results from Consumer Reports‘ tests for BPA in 24 different canned/packaged foods.

  • CU’s BPA Letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg

    On behalf of Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, we wish to alert you to the publication, in our December 2009 issue, of a summary of our test results of bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods. This will be publicly available on November 2, 2020. We found measurable levels of BPA in Continue Reading

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News Articles

  • Canada Declares BPA, a Chemical in Plastics, to Be Toxic
    Source: New York Times (Wednesday October 13, 2020)

    The government of Canada formally declared bisphenol A, a chemical widely used to create clear, hard plastics, as well as food can liners, to be a toxic substance.

  • EPA Launching Major Investigation Into BPA
    Source: The Huffington Post (Monday March 29, 2020)


  • FDA Misses Third Deadline on BPA
    Source: Food Safety News (Friday January 8, 2020)

    After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not meet its own, third deadline for a decision on the safety of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical common in food packaging, it is unclear how the agency will handle the issue in 2010.

  • High exposure to BPA causes sexual dysfunction in men, researchers say
    Source: Los Angeles Times (Tuesday November 10, 2020)

    High levels of occupational exposure to the controversial chemical bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, causes erectile dysfunction, loss of desire and difficulty ejaculating, U.S. and Chinese researchers reported today. Similar problems have been reported in rodents, but this is the first study to show such effects in humans, and the findings are likely Continue Reading

  • Assembly Will Vote on Bill to Limit BPA
    Source: KPBS (Tuesday September 8, 2020)


  • SIGG Bottles Now BPA Free. But What Were They Before?
    Source: (Thursday August 20, 2020)

    A year and a half ago we asked Are Sigg Aluminum Bottles BPA Free? and our answer was inconclusive. SIGG bottles consistently tested with no detectable levels of Bisphenol A (BPA), but when we asked if their liner was made with BPA, CEO Steve Wasik told us that the liner chemistry was proprietary, and “as Continue Reading

  • California is new front line of BPA fight
    Source: (Monday June 29, 2020)

    The following is a guest post submitted by Elisa Odabashian, Director, West Coast Office and State Campaigns, and Dr. Urvashi Rangan, Director of Technical Policy, Consumers Union. It

  • FDA scientists to reconsider overlooked BPA studies
    Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Thursday October 30, 2020)

    Scientists for the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that they would go back and consider studies that they previously ignored to determine if bisphenol A is safe in baby bottles and other products, which could take years.

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