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Campbell Soup Co. has announced that it will stop its use of the chemical Bisphenol A across all its canned products no later than the middle of 2017.
Campbell said it was taking this decision to reassure consumers that are worried that the chemical could be harmful to their health.
On Monday, Campbell Soup made its pledge in its response to the concerns that the chemical, which is commonly used and referred to as just BPA increases the risk of developing brain damage, cancer, hormonal problems and in fetus, infant and children’s developing prostate gland.
Some of the research of late of BPA has suggested as well, there exists a link between the rising amount of obesity and BPA.
The United States Food and Drug Administration, the country’s regulator for use of chemical in food, maintains that the chemical is safe at the levels that it is used currently in foods.
However, since 2012, the regulator has banned the sale of sippy cups for children and baby bottles that contain BPA.
After over 40 years of using BPA, Campbell continues to believe that BPA is amongst the safest packaging options in the world.
Nevertheless, the company, which is based in Camden, New Jersey, started studying in 2012 the different alternatives available for BPA.
Following extensive testing, the company said all its gravies, soups, Spaghetti Os pasta and Swanson broth are beginning to be switched over to cans that do not have linings made with BPA.
According to data released by the soup maker, close to 75% of all its Campbell’s soups that are sold by the end of 2016, will be sold in cans that are not made with BPA linings.
Mike Mulshine a senior manager of packaging for Campbell said the priority throughout this lengthy transition has always been the safety of the food.
In the majority of cases, Campbell is attempting to replace the use of BPA with polyester and acrylic options.
Other manufacturers have abandoned BPA as well.
Today’s consumer has become very selective in the foods it consumes from the ingredients the products have to the packaging in which they are sold.