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Bisphenol A

Carcinogen Commonly Used in Food Cans, Bottles and Boxes

Anthony Chapdelaine, Jr., MD, MSPH, Exec. Dir./Sec.*

In a recent study, two-thirds of nearly two-hundred cans tested from major brands and retailers were positive for BPA (Bisphenol A).1

BPA is a toxic, endocrine and hormone disrupting chemical linked in hundreds of studies to breast and prostate cancer, Type II Diabetes, asthma, infertility, obesity, and behavioral disorders (including ADD). Fetuses are exposed to BPA which increases the child’s risk of developmental and neurological problems.

Unfortunately, some of the substitutes for BPA that manufacturers use (such as PVC, derived from vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen) may themselves be unsafe, and very little is known about their long-term health impact. Only a handful of manufacturers and retailers have transitioned away from BPA.

Meanwhile, only buy and consume fresh or frozen foods, foods packed in glass or Tetra pack containers, or cans from companies which disclose the lining (and reveal the lining’s safety data). Consider taking a daily capsule of milk thistle extract or ALA (alpha lipoic acid) to help protect the liver.

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* The Coalition for Advanced Cancer Treatment and Prevention a project of The National Fund for Alternative Medicine


  1. Buyer Beware: Toxic BPA & Regrettable Substitutes in the Linings of Canned Food; Breast Cancer Fund; Campaign for Healthier Solutions; Clean Production Action; Ecology Center; Environmental Defence (Canada); and Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families’ Mind the Store Campaign, March 30, 2016,