“All of Canada’s political parties must take note of the alarming results of a study on harmful substances in food cans and packaging conducted by the U.S. Breast Cancer Fund and the Silent Spring Institute. The study clearly demonstrates the need for all parties to commit to Canadians to ban BPA and DEHP (di-ethylhexyl phthalate) from the linings of canned foods and other food packaging.

While temporarily removing canned foods from their diets, participants saw a significant drop in their BPA levels, establishing canned foods as the primary route of exposure to BPA. BPA is a known endocrine disruptor, and contributes to the risk of health problems such as cancer, reproductive health problems, interrupted thyroid function, neurological issues, autoimmune effects, diabetes and obesity. DEHP is also a known endocrine disruptor. BPA has already been declared toxic under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and banned from baby bottles, and phthalates have been banned in children’s toys. It’s time that our elected officials move forward on restricting the use of these harmful substances in other products to better protect the health of Canadians.”

Highlights of the study:

– The urine samples of 20 individuals (10 adults, 10 children) from five families were collected over the course of 8 days
– During the first 2 days, participants would eat their normal diet
– During the 3 days thereafter, participants were put on a ‘fresh foods’ catered diet that avoided all canned and heavily packaged foods
– Participants returned to their usual diets for the remaining 3 days.
– The intervention reduced concentrations of BPA by 66% and concentrations of DEHP by 53-56%.

The study is available for download here: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/info:doi/10.1289/ehp.1003170

 

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