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Janet Gray, Ph.D.
Janet Gray, Ph.D.

As author of our 2008 and 2010 State of the Evidence reports, Dr. Gray drives the science behind all our work.

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BPA in Food Packaging Study

What happens when you try to get BPA out of your diet? The Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute enlisted five families to participate in a study of BPA and phthalate exposure from food packaging to find out. Our results were published in Environmental Health Perspectives (March 2011).

For three days, we provided fresh food—not canned or packaged in plastic—to each family. They avoided canned foods and drinks and meals prepared outside the home.

The effect was significant. While the families were eating our food, their BPA levels dropped an average of 60 percent.

Our takeaway: you can reduce your BPA exposure by cooking fresh foods at home, avoiding canned foods, choosing glass and stainless steel food and beverage containers, and not microwaving in plastic.

  • Food Packaging Study in Environmental Health Perspectives

    Food Packaging and Bisphenol A and Bis(2-Ethyhexyl) Phthalate Exposure: Findings from a Dietary Intervention

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  • Most food cans are lined with BPA

    Fact Sheet

    Find details of the study and answers to common questions here.

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  • Meet one of our participant families in the BPA food packaging study

    Meet One of Our Participant Families

    After three days of avoiding packaged food, this family's BPA levels dropped by 75 percent.

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  • Meet the Authors

    The authors of our food packaging study explain what BPA is and how eliminating canned foods from five families' diets lowered their BPA levels.

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  • 10 Canned Foods to Avoid wallet card

    10 Canned Foods to Avoid Wallet Card (PDF)

    Download our wallet card for your next trip to the grocery store.

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  • Email

    Wallet Card E-Card

    Send our wallet card, 10 Canned Foods to Avoid, to friends and family.

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  • Know what's in your food and in the can


    Support this research and our efforts to act on the evidence.

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This study was funded by the Science Innovation Fund, Passport Foundation. Thank you for your generous support.