Friday, March 9, 2012

Activism Works: Campbell’s Drops BPA in Response to Health Activism, Outrage

Anthony Gucciardi

After their products were confirmed to have some of the highest BPA levels among canned foods tested in independent research, consumers have been calling upon Campbell’s to stop using bisphenol A (BPA) in their popular canned soups. Linked to breast cancer in over 130 studies as well as diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and depression, BPA is comprising the health of many. Despite this scientific evidence, Campbell’s and some stubborn public health organizations still continue to assert that BPA is completely safe. Nonetheless, the company is making the move in response to the powerful concerns raised by consumers and health advocates alike, representing a major victory and highlighting the power of vital health activism.

The news comes just after it was announced that the FDA may soon ban the usage of BPA within the United States. With the final decision coming by March 31, the agency said that it is actually considering a ban on BPA usage in all food packaging. It is not yet certain if the FDA will follow through with the decision, as it took the organization 41 months to even respond to the original petition calling for the ban. In fact, the FDA says that the potential U.S. ban of BPA originally dates back to a 2008 lawsuit filed against the FDA by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

After not answering for an absurd number of months despite regulations requiring the agency to respond after a 180 day maximum time period, court intervention brought upon by the NRDC has finally forced the agency to answer. Now, the final notice will be known at the end of the month. The report comes at a time where many nations are taking action against BPA, with France banning the use of BPA in all food packaging back in February.


Many other countries besides France have already taken direct action against BPA to protect the health of citizens:
  • The European Union, Turkey, and other nations banned BPA from baby bottles as far back as 2008.
  • In 2007, Canada took a stand against BPA and banned it from baby bottles.
  • Denmark has banned BPA in baby food products.
  • Japan has taken action against using BPA in can linings.
    Campbell’s removing BPA from their products is a result of real activism, protecting the consumer in the absence of FDA action through grassroots initiatives. With BPA being removed from the industry, it is now time to target mercury-filled high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and genetically modified foods.

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    3. Reclaiming Health: BPA Ban Passes California State Senate
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    6. Action Alert: Legislation Seeks to Censor Taxpayer-Funded Health Research

    This article first appeared at Natural Society, an excellent resource for health news and vaccine information.


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    3 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    Campbell's is actually a fairly decent company considering the size of it, my sister and many friends worked at their soup plant here until they closed it down to move to a new factory in the U.S.

    But they treated their employees well the whole time operating here and provided pretty large severance packages for the full-timers laid off in the move south.

    But to be honest as with practically every food processing plant in the world today if you knew some of the stuff that happened there you probably would never touch another can of Campbell's soup again...

    Bearing in mind Campbell's also produces soups for many generic brands too - the exact same soup with a different brand name and price...

    BPA's may be the least of it, lol.

    Anonymous said...

    How about stop buying canned goods altogether?!
    Can it yourself. Save money, send a message to all corporations,
    and get back to eating Real hood again. Problem solved.

    FatNSassy said...

    Good! Every time I see those stupid soup sippers shouting about their skinny jeans I want to scream!!! Yes, I know that is Progresso. But I am soooo tired of weight being the only measurement of health. Science tells us what we eat is far more important than what we weigh. Just because something is low fat does not mean it is healthy!!!

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