Environmental Working Group
For consumers who want to avoid bisphenol A, EWG unveiled an easily searchable database
of more than 16,000 food and beverage items that may come in cans,
bottles or jars containing the hormone-disrupting chemical, better known
as BPA. The list was compiled from a little-known food industry inventory and is now available at EWG's Food Scores database.
BPA acts like estrogen in the body and is especially dangerous for
pregnant women and children in critical stages of development.
Independent scientific studies link it to cancer, infertility, diabetes,
obesity and brain, nerve and heart disorders, and it's just been listed
by California as a chemical known to cause reproductive problems.
“No other industry in the world is more adept at marketing products
to its customers than food and beverage companies––except apparently
when it comes to informing them about the possible presence of a toxic
chemical linked to hormone disruption and cancer,” said EWG President
Ken Cook. “So we decided to give them a little help in making their own
data accessible. Our new database shines a light on just how pervasive
BPA is in our food system, and will help Americans navigate the
supermarket armed with more information.”