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Kroger Expanding Ban On BPA
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Kroger is getting rid of Bisphenol A (BPA) from “cans it uses in its store brands and the paper on which its receipts are printed.” This follows the retailer’s decision to eliminate it from all baby products it sells.

The move will be made as quickly as possible, the company said.

“BPA has been used for years in bottles, canned-food linings and numerous household products,” the Dispatch reports. “Companies use it to guard against contaminants and to extend a product's shelf life.

“But some studies have shown that BPA can leach into food from the cans. In fact, 93 percent of consumers have detectable levels of BPA in their bodies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“A study this month found that exposure to the chemical during fetal growth affects the development of reproductive systems and, in babies, can lead to neurological problems. Other studies have linked BPA exposure to breast and prostate cancer, infertility, obesity, early puberty in girls and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”

However, some in the scientific community have said that there is no evidence that BPA is harmful, and that such moves are unnecessary.

Some 20 states have banned or are considering banning BPA in certain instances.
KC's View:
The people defending the use of BPA are in denial. At this point, there seems to be more than enough evidence out there to suggest to consumers that this is bad stuff, and that it can be responsible for bad things. “BPA-free” is a selling tool ... and to continue to fight this battle strikes me as pointless.