Our Work

Food Packaging

Toxic chemicals present in food packaging routinely leach into food and get absorbed into people’s bodies. The regulatory system governing the safety of chemicals used in food packaging falls far short of what is needed.

That’s why BCPP’s Cans Not Cancer Campaign pressures canned food manufacturers to stop lining cans with bisphenol A (BPA) and move toward transparent and safer alternatives.

Science summary

Chemicals linked to breast cancer are used in food packaging. For example, BPA, a hormone disruptor, is still widely used in food cans. In addition, toxic chemicals linked to breast cancer are used in popcorn bags and fast food packaging.
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Tips

Kick the can, get out of plastic, and learn about more healthy ways to reduce your risk.
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What’s happening in policy

BCPP supports proposed federal legislation that would force disclosure of BPA in food can linings and more strictly regulate BPA, the safety of BPA alternatives, and other chemicals in all food packaging.

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In 2015, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced S. 821, the BPA in Food Packaging Right to Know Act, which would require the labeling of all canned food lined with BPA.

Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) introduced the Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act of 2016 to require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove BPA from food packaging, encourage manufacturers to replace this hazardous chemical with safer alternatives, label food packaging that contains BPA, and also require the agency to review the safety of thousands of food contact substances.

Under California’s Proposition 65 Program, in 2015 BPA was declared to be a chemical known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm. This great news was tempered by introduction of a temporary rule by California EPA to label BPA-based products at point-of-sale without clearly indicating which specific products contain BPA. This emergency rule creates shopper confusion, rather than product transparency, which was the intent of Prop 65, a landmark California toxics right-to-know law.

Though BCPP opposes this inadequate labeling, the emergency regulation also requires manufacturers to report to a public database a complete list of any food products they sell in California packaged with  BPA. This database provides the most comprehensive information currently available on the use of BPA in food packaging.

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Cans Not Cancer Campaign

BCPP is generating broad based public pressure on canned food manufacturers to stop lining cans with bisphenol A (BPA) and move toward transparent and safer alternatives.
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Partners

Our partners in prevention who are working to ensure that all food packaging is safe and non-toxic.

Our Partners

Blue Green Alliance, Campaign for Healthier Solutions, Center for Environmental Health, Clean Production Action, Clean Water Action, Earthjustice, Ecology Center, Environmental Defense Fund, Mind the Store, Natural Resources Defense Council

BPA Buyer Beware

We’re proud to say that many canned food makers are phasing out their use of BPA. Problem solved? Not exactly.

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