Bisphenol A (BPA) in Canned and Bottled Foods and Beverages

Why am I being warned about potential exposure to bisphenol A?

  • Bisphenol A is on the Proposition 65 list because it can harm the female reproductive system, including effects on ovaries and eggs.
  • Proposition 65 requires businesses to determine if they must provide a warning about exposures to listed chemicals.

What is bisphenol A?

BPA is a widely used chemical.  It is used in some protective coatings, including some linings that prevent rust, corrosion, and contamination in metal food and drink cans. Some jar lids and bottle caps also have these linings.  Click here for a list of canned and bottled foods where the can lining or bottle cap or seal was made using BPA.

How does exposure to bisphenol A from canned foods and beverages occur?

Linings inside some cans, jar lids, and bottle caps release BPA into foods or drinks
People consume foods or drinks that contain BPA leached from linings

How can I reduce my exposure to bisphenol A from canned foods and beverages?

  • Eat more fresh food and less canned food, if possible.
  • Choose foods or drinks in glass containers rather than metal cans, if possible.  Among canned foods and drinks, those in glass containers may have less BPA than those in metal cans.
  • Draining and rinsing canned foods such as fruit, vegetables, or beans may reduce the amount of BPA in the food.
  • Do not heat foods or drinks in the can.

For more information:

General BPA Fact Sheets and Resources:

Proposition 65:

  • California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
    Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Updated January 2017

    Related Product or Place

  • Food

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