Campbell’s Soup announced back in 2012 that it was going to begin using BPA-free cans for its extremely popular soups. The company failed to give any timeframe, though, as to when and how long that change would begin to take place. Not to mention, they omitted what material will be used in order to replace the chemical that’s found in the cans’ epoxy lining. BPA, more scientifically know as bisphenol A, is a hormone-altering chemical that, according to many studies, could lead to things like behavioral dysfunction, obesity, heart attacks, early puberty in young girls, infertility, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and breast cancers– even in the most minuscule of doses.
Campbell’s Soup’s BPA initially gained the national spotlight one year prior to its big decision, after the Breast Cancer Fund published an evaluation of BPA content in young kids’ favorite soups. Campbell’s Disney Princess Cool Shapes appeared to have the greatest amount of BPA residue, with Campbell’s Toy Story Fun Shapes coming in at second.
That gave way to a Cans Not Cancer campaign that ended up conjuring a whopping 70,000 letters from frightened parents across the country, desperately urging the soup company to take BPA out of its cans. That massive amount of letters included 20,000 from the Healthy Child Healthy World organization, which has helped parents keep their kids safe from contact with toxic chemicals for more than twenty years. “Campbell’s decision to move away from BPA is a victory for consumers, who have been demanding this change,” said Gretchen Lee Salter, policy manager at the Breast Cancer Fund. While this is definitely progress, consumers will not be happy until they are given a timeline and made aware of what chemical Campbell’s Soup will be using to replace BPA.
Campell’s Soup was unable to unveil its timeline for doing away with BPA in cans completely; they also chose not to share the chemical currently in the process of replacing BPA.
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