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September 30, 2011

Are Your Kids Eating BPA for Dinner?

The Breast Cancer Fund has uncovered the presence of BPA in canned foods marketed directly to young kids.  They tested 12 canned foods – two cans each of six canned meal products – marketed to, and largely consumed by, children, including:

·         Annie’s Homegrown Cheesy Ravioli
·         Campbell’s Disney Princess Cool Shapes, Shaped Pasta with Chicken in Chicken Broth
·         Campbell’s Spaghettios with Meatballs
·         Campbell’s Toy Story Fun Shapes, Shaped Pasta  with Chicken in chicken Broth
·         Chef Boyardee Whole Grain Pasta, Mini ABC’s & 123’s with Meatballs
·         Earth’s Best Organic Elmo Noodlemania Soup

Every food sample tested positive for BPA, with Campbell’s Disney Princess and Toy Story soups testing the highest. 
Now it’s canned foods that are exposing small kids to BPA at similar levels as the baby bottles that have been banned in numerous states and largely driven off of store shelves.  The Breast Cancer Fund also put out a report addressing the concern that children may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of hormone-disrupting chemicals like BPA.

There should be no place for toxic chemicals in our children’s food.  I hope you’ll join me by askingCampbell Soup Company, Con Agra (maker of Chef Boyardee), Annie’s Homegrown,and Hain Celestial (maker of Earth’s Best) to stop marketing BPA to kids intheir canned foods.

The Breast Cancer Fund has launched the Cans Not Cancer campaign, creating a national voice to urge food manufacturers to replace BPA with a safer alternative.
It’s time for moms across the country to unite, just like we have for BPA-free baby bottles and phthalate-free toys, and demand that canned food companies stop marketing this toxic chemical to kids.

Act now:
·         Sign the petition telling Campbell’s that BPA is not “M’m mm good!”
·         Follow these tips to avoid the sneakiest sourcesof BPA.

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