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Annie Leonard
Annie Leonard

As the writer and host of The Story of Stuff, Annie has inspired millions to work toward a sustainable future.

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About the Cans Not Cancer Campaign

Cans Not Cancer Campaign

Launched in 2011, the goal of the Breast Cancer Fund's Cans Not Cancer campaign is to ensure safe and healthy food packaging.

While many people are aware of bisphenol A's (BPA) presence in polycarbonate products (i.e. hard, clear plastics), most don't know that BPA is used in the epoxy lining of nearly all canned foods. What is meant to be a protective barrier between the metal and the can's contents actually leaches this toxic chemical into the food we eat.

In April of 2011, the Breast Cancer Fund co-published a study demonstrating that food is a major route of exposure to BPA. Based on these findings, the Breast Cancer Fund launched the Cans Not Cancer campaign to pressure manufacturers to voluntarily remove BPA from cans and move to safer alternatives.

Our Cans Not Cancer campaign is about our health, our children's health and a safer future in which breast cancer rates have dropped because we've reduced our exposure to toxic chemicals. Learn more about the campaign below.

  • BPA in Kids' Canned Food report


    Find our product-testing reports and groundbreaking research on human dietary exposure to BPA.

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  • BPA in Kids' Canned Food report, highest levels

    Campaign Demands

    The Cans Not Cancer campaign is asking manufacturers to commit to five actions for safer canned food.

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  • BPA in canned soup

    Advisory Committee

    Eight organizations help guide the Cans Not Cancer campaign.

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  • Cans Not Cancer Campaign

    Join the Campaign

    Help us get toxic BPA out of canned foods!

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