Published on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:04
It’s not often that we get celebrate a victory, but we all should today. Yesterday’s announcement by Breast Cancer Fund that Campbell’s Soup Company had committed to start phasing out the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in its can linings demonstrates that education and advocacy can lead to real change in fights against diseases such as breast cancer.
From the Breast Cancer Fund Press Release:
“Exposure to BPA, used to make the epoxy-resin linings of metal food cans, has been linked in lab studies to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty in girls, type-2 diabetes, obesity and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Childhood exposure is of concern because this endocrine-disrupting chemical can affect children’s hormonal systems during development and set the stage for later-life diseases.
Last September the Breast Cancer Fund released a report that found BPA in canned food marketed to children; Campbell’s Disney Princess and Toy Story soups tested the highest. A November Breast Cancer Fund report found BPA in Campbell’s turkey gravy and cream of mushroom soup. Both reports, as well as the growing consumer pressure on Campbell’s to get BPA out of its products, are part of the Breast Cancer Fund’s Cans Not Cancer campaign.
“Campbell’s decision to move away from BPA is a victory for consumers, who have been demanding this change,” said Gretchen Lee Salter, Policy Manager at the Breast Cancer Fund. “To truly be an industry leader, the company now needs to fully disclose the timeline for the phase-out and the alternatives that will be used.”
In the last six months, more than 70,000 letters were sent to Campbell’s by supporters of the Cans Not Cancer campaign—including nearly 20,000 from the non-profit Healthy Child Healthy World, which for 20 years has been empowering parents to protect children from harmful chemicals.
“Parents want to be sure when they serve Campbell’s Soup to their kids that it is free of toxic chemicals that contribute to disease,” said Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World. “I commend Campbell’s for taking this first step—as well as the concerned parents and consumers who made their voices heard in the boardroom and at the checkout counter.””
We want to congratulate Breast Cancer Fund for this achievement. We appreciate the staff and supporters of Breast Cancer Fund for their commitment on this issue. Without their commitment to this issue we would not be seeing this type of announcement from Campbell's Soup.
You can read the entire press release by following the link to the Breast Cancer Fund website.