Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Are BPA-Lined Cans Safe?

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 09:20 AM


Question: I’ve been reading about how dangerous the chemical BPA is and I’m ready to err on the side of caution and stop eating canned goods. What is your opinion?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
I share your concern with the use of BPA (bisphenol A) for food products. Clearly this substance does pose some hazard to us when disturbed, scraped, cut, or heated, and I would prefer to see its elimination from use with food products, especially those likely to be used by by our most vulnerable generation, our children. The FDA has been particularly slow to issue widespread appropriate cautions in my opinion.
We should, when possible, avoid using food products and drinks in plastic containers or in container liners that contain BPA. Avoid extended storage or heating of food inside BPA containers. Many canned goods have liners made from BPA.
The official FDA stance is that bisphenol A is one of the most extensively tested materials in use today and that the products manufactured from BPA pose no known risks to human health when used for their intended purposes. However, some studies have indicated that the chemical poses a health hazard, especially in foods that have been heated in BPA containers. BPA is an "endocrine disruptor," which mimics estrogen in the body and has been linked to neurological problems. Other studies have shown BPA to be safe.
The FDA did receive a citizen petition regarding prohibiting the use of BPA in human food and packaging, however, on March 30, 2012, the FDA denied this request on the grounds that information provided in the citizen petition was not sufficient to persuade FDA to ban BPA.




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