BPA in canned food for children

Sept. 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A study by U.S. non-profit group says Campbell's Disney Princess and Toy Story soups marketed to children tested highest for the chemical bisphenol A.

Jeanne Rizzo, president and chief executive officer of the Breast Cancer Fund, said BPA has been linked in lab studies to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type 2 diabetes, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The report, "BPA in Kids' Canned Food," found BPA in the following canned food products, in levels measured in parts per billion, using an average of two samples:

-- Campbell's Disney Princess Cool Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth 114 ppb.

-- Campbell's Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth 81 ppb.

-- Earth's Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup, USDA Organic 38 ppb.

-- Annie's Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli, USDA Organic 31 ppb.

-- Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC's & 123's with Meatballs 20 ppb.

-- Campbell's Spaghettios with Meatballs 13 ppb.

"There should be no place for toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer and other serious health problems in our children's food," Rizzo said in a statement. "We hope this report will shine a spotlight on this issue and encourage companies to seek safer alternatives to BPA."

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