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Activism Works: Campbell’s Drops BPA in Response to Health Activism, Outrage

Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Saturday 10 March 2012
“Linked to breast cancer in over 130 studies as well as diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and depression, BPA is comprising the health of many.”
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After their products were confirmed to have some of the highest BPA levels among canned foods tested in independent research, consumers have been calling upon Campbell’s to stop using bisphenol A (BPA) in their popular canned soups. Linked to breast cancer in over 130 studies as well as diabetes, hardening of the arteries, and depression, BPA is comprising the health of many. Despite this scientific evidence, Campbell’s and some stubborn public health organizations still continue to assert that BPA is completely safety. Nonetheless, the company is making the move in response to the powerful concerns raised by consumers and health advocates alike, representing a major victory and highlighting the power of vital health activism.

The news comes just after it was announced that the FDA may soon ban the usage of BPA within the United States. With the final decision coming by March 31, the agency said that it is actually considering a ban on BPA usage in all food packaging. It is not yet certain if the FDA will follow through with the decision, as it took the organization 41 months to even respond to the original petition calling for the ban. In fact, the FDA says that the potential U.S. ban of BPA originally dates back to a 2008 lawsuit filed against the FDA by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

After not answering for an absurd number of months despite regulations requiring the agency to respond after a 180 day maximum time period, court intervention brought upon by the NRDC has finally forced the agency to answer. Now, the final notice will be known at the end of the month. The report comes at a time where many nations are taking action against BPA, with France banning the use of BPA in all food packaging back in February.

Many other countries besides France have already taken direct action against BPA to protect the health of citizens:

  • The European Union, Turkey, and other nations banned BPA from baby bottles as far back as 2008.
  • In 2007, Canada took a stand against BPA and banned it from baby bottles
  • Denmark has banned BPA in baby food products.
  • Japan has taken action against using BPA in can linings.

Campbell’s removing BPA from their products is a result of real activism, protecting the consumer in the absence of FDA action through grassroots initiatives. With BPA being removed from the industry, it is now time to target mercury-filled high-fructose corn syrupaspartame, and genetically modified foods.

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ABOUT Anthony Gucciardi

Anthony is an accomplished investigative journalist whose articles have appeared on top news sites and have been read by millions worldwide. A health activist and researcher, Anthony’s goal is informing the public as to how they can use natural methods to revolutionize their health, as well as exploring the behind the scenes activity of the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA.

It is what they put on the

It is what they put on the inside of canned goods. Best to avoid altogether.

It is what they put on the

It is what they put on the inside of canned goods. Best to avoid altogether.

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Without regulation by

Without regulation by government how would we implement laws to protect citizens? It is citizen's duty to be watch-dogs, petition government about our grievances, and to revolt against corrupt government that is not carrying out its responsibilities to the community.

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We obviously need regulation

We obviously need regulation

BPA is a plastic liner in

BPA is a plastic liner in cans, and despite claims to the contrary do leach into the contents. It is not a food additive something not clear in Mr. Gucciardi's article.

Many organic food producers line their cans with this plastic. Avoiding BPA requires diligence in reading the labels. Calling the manufactures is useful, they do pay attention.

You most definitely cannot rely on government agencies to safeguard your health or food.

Oh my God! Actual good news

Oh my God! Actual good news about a good thing happening in America. What's this nation coming to!

why not list the soup

why not list the soup manufacture's that do and don't use BPA. Maybe this will prompt people to make better choices and consumer purchases or lack can also be a big influence. Thanks for this article.

This is exactly how things

This is exactly how things can be done and must be done. We the consumers can pressure business. We dont need government to do that for us. Nor should we. If we give the government the power to control corps, we give them power to control us.

That is a fallacious

That is a fallacious argument. You're essentially giving the governmental agency an excuse not to do the job that they're paid big bucks to do. Make the bastards earn their pay. Vocal activists should not be forced to do their job for them. Forcing a watchdog agency to do their job does not give them control over you. It's you REGAINING CONTROL over them which is the way it should be.

BTW, do you really think that Campbell's made this change at this time because of public pressure or because they've been told this it's probably going to be mandated as of March 31st anyway. Their 'decision' sounds more like a PR move than bowing to a vocal public.

Now if they would only ban

Now if they would only ban dental amalgam...

I stopped buying Campbells

I stopped buying Campbells products because they have an "off" taste. also do not eat products with aspartame, high fructose corn syrup and try to avoid GM Foods. I also do not eat corn because it causes joint pain. Don't know if it because it's GM or not. But I enoy being pain free.

Avoid spicy foods and peppers

Avoid spicy foods and peppers of any kind to also relieve pain and reduce inflammation... All that processed food is garbage. Soybean oil is pervasive, mostly Roundup Ready soybeans, sprayed endlessly with Roundup. Same with corn.

Corn and corn derivatives and soy derivatives are the main ingredients, along with a bunch of chemicals I cannot even pronounce.

Let's get our food locally, and make our own soup.

Oh, by the way, Canada

Oh, by the way, Canada declared BPA a toxic substance in September 2010.

A pet theory of mine is that

A pet theory of mine is that since peanut butter was one of the very first genetically modified foods, I honestly believe that this fairly recent spate of almost everyday life-threatening allergies that you read about now is due to its being GM. Did you ever hear of allergies to peanut butter when you were a kid? I surely didn't.

First, Campbell's dropped MSG

First, Campbell's dropped MSG from their soups. This action was due to pressure from activists I'm sure. I was going to write to thank them. but I changed my mind after I took a look at the Mexican Campbell's onion soup list of contents and it has MSG in it. (l live in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). Now I wonder if Campbell's USA is the only country where they have dropped the use of BPA? I would like to do something about that.

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