Campbell’s soups – “Eww, Eww, toxic?” BPA for lunch?


I get e-mail — this time from Moms Rising, wondering whether Campbell’s soup should have Bisphenol-A in it:

Ed,

“Eww Eww Toxic”

That’s our new jingle for Campbell’s soup.  No more  “M’m M’m Good,” we now think “Eww Eww Toxic” is more appropriate.

Why the “Eww” jingle?

Because, according to experts, Campbell’s Soup Company still uses toxic Bisphenol A (BPA) in their canned goods, despite the fact that it’s proven harmful.[1] In April, MomsRising joined the Breast Cancer Fund and over 20,000 parents to ask three major canned food manufacturers, Campbell’s, Del Monte, and General Mills, what they are doing about Bisphenol A (BPA) in their canned goods.  Two companies replied, offering rough timelines for replacing BPA, or sharing details about which products are BPA-free.

We have yet to see the Campbell’s Soup Company respond to those 20,000 people. We’re not going to let the company that markets directly to kids with products like Dora the Explorer “Kidshape Soups” get away with ignoring parents. [2]  Especially when parents have questions about a toxic chemical linked to breast cancer, infertility, early onset puberty, ADHD, and obesity. [3]

Sign on now to our open letter to Campbell’s demanding a response to one key question: What are you doing to phase out BPA in your cans and what safe alternative are you replacing it with?

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1078?akid=2863.152249.ftacUO&t=4

With two billion pounds of BPA produced annually in the U.S., it’s no wonder that over 90% of Americans have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies.[4]

Removing BPA from all canned foods is a great first step in reducing our nation’s BPA exposure.  Canned goods are used in many ways.  And, even if you have the time and resources to get canned goods out of your kitchen, it’s super hard to keep them away from your family.  BPA exposure from canned goods shows up on your plate at the local pizza joint, at a five star restaurant, in your children’s school, or at the local food bank.

Let’s work together to make sure that Campbell’s is serving up some “M’m M’m Good” answers to consumers and taking real action on BPA!

Let Campbell’s know you want a response on how they’re going to phase out BPA today:

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1078?akid=2863.152249.ftacUO&t=6

*And please forward this email along to your friends and family!

Together we can build a safer and healthier nation for all of our children.

– Sarah, Claire, Kristin, and the whole MomsRising Team.

P.S Thank you to our partners on this important issue: Breast Cancer Fund! Learn more about their exciting new study & their work here: www.breastcancerfund.org/foodpackagingstudy

P.P.S. Tell us why you want toxins out of your family’s life.  The personal experiences and thoughts of real moms and dads across this country make a big impact on legislators and can help change the way our country handles toxins.  Share your experience today.

[1] Consumer Reports  and Breast Cancer Fund
[2] Campbell’s Soup Company, Kids Soups
[3] Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
[4] Breast Cancer Fund

Like what we’re doing? Donate: We’re a bootstrap, low overhead, mom run organization. Your donations make the work of MomsRising.org possible–and we deeply appreciate your support. Every little bit counts.

What do you think?  Justified campaign?

Why isn’t there a government agency watching out for us on this issue?  Who stands up for the little mom?

_____________

Need more information?  BPA a new issue for you?

National Toxicology Program assessment of dangers of BPA

National Toxicology Program assessment of dangers of BPA – “The NTP reached the following conclusions on the possible effects of current exposures to bisphenol A on human development and reproduction. Note that the possible levels of concern, from lowest to highest, are negligible concern, minimal concern, some concern, concern, and serious concern.”

And, again from NIEHS’s NTP:

Number seven recycling symbol

Most plastic containers with BPA, but not all, feature a recycling symbol, #3 or #7.

If I am concerned, what can I do to prevent exposure to BPA?

Some animal studies suggest that infants and children may be the most vulnerable to the effects of BPA. Parents and caregivers, can make the personal choice to reduce exposures of their infants and children to BPA:

  • Don’t microwave polycarbonate plastic food containers. Polycarbonate is strong and durable, but over time it may break down from over use at high temperatures.
  • Polycarbonate containers that contain BPA usually have a #7 on the bottom
  • Reduce your use of canned foods.
  • When possible, opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
  • Use baby bottles that are BPA free.
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6 Responses to Campbell’s soups – “Eww, Eww, toxic?” BPA for lunch?

  1. [...] Cambell’s Soups – “Eww Eww toxic?” BPA for lunch?  This page links to the Mom’s Rising campaign to get Cambells to remove the BPA from their cans. [...]

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Yuri, so, here’s what you’re saying:

    1. Smallpox vaccines were twice as dangerous as quarantining the sick?
    2. The electric light was twice as dangerous as whale oil lamps?
    3. Seatbelts in cars were twice as dangerous as padded dashboards?

    Yeah, I see your humor — but it doesn’t really apply, in reality.

    BPH was not twice as deadly as no coating at all, especially if we remember the old lead solder used to seal cans of food.

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  3. Human being is a strange mistake, every next invention twice as harmful as previous. :@

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  4. Ed Darrell says:

    DS, here you can read the conclusions from the National Institute for Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS) regarding BPA. It’s not in the strongest category of concerns.

    Except, of course, for those people who may get exposed a lot. Prior to the first round of concern, nearly all plastic food containers popular for use around infants and toddlers contained the stuff — so the concern was that very young children were getting a larger than nominal exposure, and I think that’s where Moms Rising is coming from.

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  5. Ellie says:

    You know, I think there may be a real danger with BPA, but when the web is filled with sites saying “CAMPBELLS SOUP IS FULL OF POISON AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE BEING POISONED !!!” (add your own preferred number of exclamation points), I tend to step back and reach for the salt.

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  6. What is the safe alternative they want it replaced with? Does it exist, and if so, are we sure it’s not harmful in some other way?

    Are there any links to the studies showing the danger of BPA? The letter doesn’t provide links to any health effect studies, only one write-up about a study that shows if you don’t eat from plastic, your BPA goes down (seems reasonable, since BPA is found in plastic and all).

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