Maine Groups Press For BPA Ban; Chemical Found in Baby and Toddler Food

By Patty B. Wight, Maine Public Broadcasting Network

In mid-January, volunteers with The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine went grocery shopping. They bought a dozen jars of baby food from major brands, like Gerber, Beech-Nut, Earth's Best Organic, and Wild Harvest. They also selected cans of Chef Boyardee mac 'n cheese and Campbells Chicken Soup and Spaghettios.

Then they shipped everything off to an independent lab that conducts tests for the food and nutrition industry. Mike Belliveau, the executive director of the Environmental Health Strategy Center, says when the tests came back, "We found BPA in 11 out of the 12 baby food jar lids and all of the canned food," he says. "And the results are both reliable and shocking."

They found BPA had leached into the baby food itself, at one to three parts per billion. The canned food had a range up to 134 parts per billion. BPA is a hormone disruptor that has been linked to cancer, learning disabilities and obesity. But just how harmful are those amounts? Read More.

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