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Bisphenol in tuna cans (and more): 6 famous brands put consumers’ health at risk

Some tests have shown the presence of bisphenol in cans of tuna, and more generally in many canned foods.

The “complaints” come from famous consumer protection magazine, The Lifebuoy. In the latest research, for example, he looked into 6 of the most famous brands of canned tuna. Fortunately, the bisphenol levels are within the limits of the law, but this it does not prevent consumers from being at risk.

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In the meantime, let’s try to understand what bisphenol is and why it is being investigated from who defends health and consumer rights. Bisphenol, or BPA, is one chemical substance used in industry since the 1960s. It is used to improve the resistance of food-grade containers, such as cans, tins; let’s talk about that internal protective coating of the packages where they are located meat and fish, cream, and more generally ready meals.

If at the beginning of industrial development some were not considered risk factorsalready since the 90s some realities denounced the possibility of contamination. That is, Bisphenol passes from the can to the food contained therein. Consumer protection associations and organizations they perform tests on product samples cyclically at least since 2015. So let’s see what the current situation is and what the future prospects are.

Bisphenol in tuna cans and more: what are the health risks?

As reported in one of his articles The Lifebuoyalso a recent study carried out by the German government draw one list of potentially contaminated products. Fruits, vegetables and dairy products seem “safe”, along with baby-infant foods. Other foods such as meat, fish, sausages, soups, cream and even coconut milk resulted contaminated by a specific substance. Let’s talk about CdB, cyclo-di-BADGEa related of Bisphenol.

So there are many realities that denounce contamination of foods. Although it must be said that the traces found during the tests I’m always within the limits of the law. Limits decided by Efsabut which are among other things being considered for an imminent update.

The toxicological effects of bisphenol on human health they are not yet fully demonstrated. However, multiple bodies agree that the great presence of this substance leads man to continuous exposure. Also because, remember, Bisphenol is found not only in cans but also in thermal paper, in tax receipts, and even in some dental devices.

It seems that continuous and prolonged contact with bisphenol lead to a higher risk of contracting tumors, like the breast one. Not only that, the effects of this substance would spill over on the endocrine systemgoing to impair hormonal balance and reproductive activity. In short, not just side effects, even if hardly demonstrable in the form of “granite truth”.

There good news is that the presence of bisphenol in cans and containers it seems to be decreasing. A sign that there is attention on the part of all the entities involved. Unfortunately, as in other situations, some countries have less stringent regulations compared to the EU and Italy and therefore slow down the improvement process already in place.

The only thing we can do as consumers is that of avoid frequent consumption of canned foods, such as tuna and similar. However, this falls within those generic guidelines dispensed by the ISS and other entities. That is of prefer fresh foods, fruits and vegetablesand of do not overdo it with refined, industrial and / or precooked foods.

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