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Print and share our tips for safer choices at home, outside and in the beauty aisle.

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J&J Commits to Safer Cosmetics Worldwide

Johnson & Johnson to phase out chemicals of concern from baby and adult cosmetics by 2015.

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Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer
Jeff Cresswell and Michelle Kalberer

Co-owners of the stainless steel bottle company Klean Kanteen, Jeff and Michelle were honored with a 2010 Breast Cancer Fund Hero Award.

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BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food: Results

In November 2011, the Breast Cancer Fund released product testing data from seven typical Thanksgiving canned food products, purchased in four states. We found bisphenol A, the estrogenic chemical linked to breast cancer in lab studies, in most samples. Our test results are detailed below.

For more information about our report, BPA in Thanksgiving Canned Food, or to access a PDF of the complete report, click here.

Canned Item

Calif.

Mass.

Minn.

N.Y.

Campbell's Cream of
Mushroom Soup
43 30 83 57
Campbell's Turkey Gravy 57 9 125 5
Carnation Evaporated Milk (Nestlé) 2 2 3 7
Del Monte Fresh Cut Sweet Corn, Cream Style 4 79 221 Below
Detection
Green Giant Cut Green Beans (General Mills) 5 7 18 3
Libby's Pumpkin (Nestlé) 3 38 42 54
Ocean Spray Jellied
Cranberry Sauce
Below
Detection
Below
Detection
Below
Detection
Below
Detection

Testing Notes

For this report, the Breast Cancer Fund sent 28 canned food items—four cans each of seven typical Thanksgiving canned food products—to Anresco Laboratories, an independent testing laboratory in San Francisco.

The Breast Cancer Fund and our partner organizations purchased a set of each of the seven products from current stock at regionally well-known grocery outlets in four states: California, Massachusetts, New York and Minnesota. All products were well within the recommended "best if used by" dates printed on the cans.

We tested for BPA levels in the food. Contents of each sample were removed, pureed in BPA-free materials, and assessed for BPA levels using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GCMS). The estimated limit of detection was 1 microgram/kg (1 part per billion, or ppb). (See the appendix for detailed testing methodology.)