General Mills Subsidiary Pulls BPA Cans

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By Consumers Union on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

BPA is a widely-used chemical found in food and beverage can linings and a building block of polycarbonate plastic.  Many laboratory and dozens of human studies have linked exposure to BPA to reproductive abnormalities, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease. From General Mills statement:

“In its recent Corporate Social Responsibility 2010 report,
General Mills states that it believes BPA is safe, but goes on to say,
“However, we know that some of our consumers would like us to pursue
alternatives – and we are working with our can suppliers and can
manufacturers to develop and test alternative linings that do not use
BPA.”

General Mills is proving what we have known for a long time; that companies can respond when their customers raise serious concerns.  Last fall Consumer Reports published an article showing that BPA was present in a number of canned foods tested. Consumers Union has been working with other grassroots activists to ban BPA in states, like California, and at the federal level.  But consumers can begin by voting with their wallets and choosing cans made without BPA.

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