Canada has taken a bold first step towards limiting the use of BPA (bisphenol A) including perhaps future bans on use in “specific food containers.”
From Reuters.com “The risk assessment of BPA put together by our federal government is very strong in terms of its conclusions, so I think it’s a foregone conclusion that it will drive further action rather quickly,” said Rick Smith, executive director of Environmental Defense, which campaigned to ban BPA.”
“BPA is mass produced and has been used for decades to harden plastics. It is widely used to line food and beverage containers, and a recent government report said it was present in the bodies of 91 percent of Canadians.”
“We are literally marinating in it on a minute-by-minute basis,” said Smith.” http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69D4MT20101014
Canada Gazette (government website) states (on BPA): “Most data points to low bioaccumulation potential and a capacity for metabolism in various species. Studies confirm that bisphenol A can be absorbed by organisms and can accumulate in tissues to some degree.” http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2010/2010-10-13/html/sor-dors194-eng.html
Sadly, there is no mention of pet related ‘bioaccumulation’ of BPA from consuming canned pet food containing a BPA lining. As well, there is no mention of potential future bans of canned pet foods containing a BPA lining. We will have to pay close attention to assure Canadian pets are as protected as Canadian citizens (and US pets and a world of pets!).
Let’s hope this move by the Canadian Government will be followed soon by the FDA. Let’s hope that soon pet food cans will be required to become BPA free.
To my knowledge, the only canned pet foods that are available BPA free are the small size (3 oz or 5 oz) aluminum cans. If you feed your pet a canned pet food, call the manufacturer and inquire if their pet food cans are BPA free (not all use the BPA free small cans). A confirmation in writing from your pet food manufacturer would be best. I’ve had some pet foods claim via phone conversation their large cans are BPA free. Again, to my knowledge the only pet food cans that are available BPA free are the small cans from some manufacturers. To my knowledge, the only human food cans that are BPA free are from Eden Foods.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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