Bisphenol a Found in Baby Food in Glass Jars

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OK, So you have given up on canned baby food and switched to glass to avoid the endocrine disruptor Bisphenol A (BPA), right? Well, maybe not. Health Canada (which last year banned BPA in baby bottles) tested baby food bottled in glass and found BPA in 84% of the samples.

Martin Mittelstaedt of the Globe and Mailnotes that while glass doesn't contain BPA, a plastic making compound, it is often used on the liners of metal jar lids. Health Canada says don't worry:

"The results of this survey clearly indicate that exposure to BPA through the consumption of jarred baby food products would be extremely low" with the amounts "not expected to pose a health risk to the consumer."

It is true that we are talking about between 1 and 7.2 parts per billion (found in My Organic Baby strained carrots), but BPA acts like the female hormone estrogen (it was actually considered for use as a synthetic estrogen in the 1930's). Hormones like estrogen are found in our bodies in parts per trillion.

Mittelstaedt quotes Rick Smith of Environmental Defence and co-author ofSlow Death By Rubber Duck, who thinks Health Canada is being hypocritical.

"After having taken steps to ban BPA in baby bottles, it's difficult to see how you justify not banning it from other similarly dangerous sources," Mr. Smith said