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Canned soup a 'chemical risk'

24th November 2011

The Food Standards Agency has said it will look at the evidence offered in a new American study, which raises concerns over chemicals used in tinned soup cans.

Scientists, publishing their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, say that people who eat canned soup should be aware that a chemical used to line the tin can leach into the food and end up in the body.

They carried out tests on 75 volunteers with the results revealing that the compound bisphenol A (BPA) was readily ingested and detected in large amounts in the urine.

The Food Standards Agency said: “Our current advice is that BPA from food contact materials does not represent a risk to consumers but the agency will be looking at this study, as it would at any new piece of work, to see if it has any implications for our advice to consumers.”

In the past, studies have linked high BPA levels with adverse health effects and the EU has banned the chemical from baby bottles, although it is still used in cans to prevent rusting and keep food fresh.

The team from Harvard School of Public Health asked volunteers in two groups to eat either a freshly made 12oz serving of vegetarian soup or one out of a can once a day for five days with the groups swapping after a weekend break.

Urine tests revealed detectable BPA in 77% of samples after fresh soup consumption and 100% of samples after canned soup consumption.

 

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