A crisis involving canned goods has emerged due to a report that claims that there are levels of BPA in cans from brands including Campbell’s soup, General Mills’ Progresso and Del Monte. This particular report also detected BPA in off-brand can packaging for Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Kroger and Albertsons.
According to the report, 70 percent of consumers’ canned food in their homes contain the chemical BPA or Bisphenol A. It is important to note that there is a debate among researchers about how harmful the chemical actually is, however this particular chemical can negatively affect the development of a fetuses and children as well as increase the risk of cancer because researchers believe that it is linked to endocrine disruption.
In response to this report, Campbell’s has issued an article about their plan to completely remove BPA from the linings of their cans by March 2017. Prior to this article, Campbell had already started removing BPA from production during March 2016.
Considering that researchers are still debating the toxicity of BPA found in these cans, this particular approach to a potential crisis is preventative and shows consumers that brands like Campbell’s cares.