Bisphenol A (BPA) in Canned and Bottled Foods and Beverages
Why am I being warned about potential exposure to bisphenol A?
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?
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:
- US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- National Toxicology Program (NTP)
- California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
- Biomonitoring California
- The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)
- Assessment of the Health Risks of Bisphenol A (updated 09/04/2013)
- European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
- Bisphenol A (BPA)