September 24, 2021

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Clean Label Project Finds Lead in Many Brands of Protein Powder

The Clean Label Project has studied 134 protein powder products made by 52 different brands. They screened the products for contaminants and toxins, including heavy metals such as lead, pesticides, and others that are linked to cancer. The study, conducted this year, found alarming compounds in many brands of protein powder. The products were tested by a third party analytical chemistry laboratory. The products were animal-based, whey, and plant-based. Then then rated the products with ratings of one, three, or five stars. You can see the ratings of the protein powders at their site.  They found that 70% of the powders contained lead, 74% contained cadmium, and 55% contained BPA, a hormone disruptor. Others contained arsenic, another heavy metal. Cadmium is a heavy metal. It … [Read more...]

Studies Find Sea Salt is Contaminated with Plastic

According to The Guardian, sea salt around the world is contaminated with tiny bits of plastic. Research was conducted at the State University of New York at Fredonia. Sherri Mason, a professor at that facility told the Guardian, "Not only are plastics pervasive in our society in terms of daily use, but they are pervasive in the environment. Plastics are ubiquitous, in the air, water, the seafood we eat, the beer we drink, the salt we use - plastics are just everywhere." Researchers think the plastic in sea salt comes from microfibers and single-use plastics such as water bottles. Scientists studied 12 kinds of salt purchased in U.S. grocery stores. They found that Americans could be eating more than 600 particles of plastic every year in sea salt, and that's if they follow the … [Read more...]

Does BPA Exposure Increase Blood Pressure?

A new study claims that exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) from drinking canned beverages increases blood pressure. BPA is a chemical used to line metal cans and make plastic bottles. It has been associated with hypertension in earlier studies. This new study was a randomized crossover trial with adults age 60 hayers and older. The participants were given the same beverage in 2 glass bottles, 2 cans, or 1 can and 1 glass bottle at a time. Urinary BPA concentration, blood pressure, and heart rate variability were measured 2 hours after each beverage was consumed. Each participant visited the study site three times. Urinary BPA concentration increased after consuming canned beverages by more than 1600% compared to the concentration after drinking beverages from glass containers. Systolic … [Read more...]

Early BPA Exposure Increases Prostate Cancer Risk

Food Poisoning Bulletin has been covering the story of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to harden plastics, for years. Health risks associated with this chemical have been well known for some time. In fact, because of consumer pressure, all manufacturers of baby bottles have removed the chemical from their products. The FDA belatedly finalized a rule banning BPA in infant formula packaging last summer. A new study in the Journal of Endocrinology, published today, finds that BPA exposure early in life increase the risk of prostate cancer. Unfortunately, BPA is found "universally" in the umbilical cord blood of pregnant women, according to a study conducted in California last August. In the latest study, mice were implanted with human prostate stem cells from healthy males. The mice … [Read more...]

FDA No Longer Allows BPA in Infant Formula Packaging

The FDA has published a final rule amending the food additive regulations to no longer allow the use of bisphenol A (BPA) epoxy resins as coatings in packaging for infant formula. Although many consumer organizations have asked for this ban for years, the government is stressing that this action was taken "because these uses have been abandoned," and not because of health concerns. The document will be published in the Federal Register on July 12, 2013. A petition filed by Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) last year proposed to amend the regulations. Markey issued a press release stating that "this is a major victory for American families, and I join with parents in celebrating safer feeding time for their babies now that this toxic chemical will forever be banned from infant … [Read more...]

Research Finds BPA Metabolite May Cause Health Problems

New research from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine may have discovered that the molecule formed when Bisphenol A (BPA) breaks down inside the body is causing health problems. Bisphenol A is a chemical used in plastics that human beings routinely ingest. When the chemical is broken down inside the body, a molecule called MBP binds to the estrogen receptor in human cells much more strongly than BPA. According to the news release, "more than 90 percent of all Americans are believed to carry varying levels of BPA exposure." Many studies have shown associations between BPA exposure and cancer, neurological disorders including problems in early childhood development as well as memory and learning, heart disease, and reduction in the efficacy of chemotherapy. In April, … [Read more...]

FDA Bans BPA from Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups

On Tuesday, July 17, 2012 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that the controversial compound bisphenol A (BPA), will no longer be used to make baby bottles and sippy cups. Suzanne Struglinski, Press Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), sent us the notice in the Federal Register. But the FDA decided to ban the chemical because the substance just isn't used anymore by manufacturers, not because they have decided it is unsafe. Consumer demand from parents forced corporations to stop using BPA in those products. While consumer advocates applaud this step, they want the FDA to ban BPA in all food packaging. Sarah Janssen, senior scientists for the NRDC's public health program, said, "this is only a baby step in the fight to eradicate … [Read more...]

NRDC Response to FDA Decision on BPA

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a statement regarding the FDA's refusal to eliminate BPA from food packaging. Dr. Sarah Janssen, senior scientist to the public health program at the agency said: "BPA is a toxic chemical that has no place in our food supply. We believe FDA made the wrong call. The agency has failed to protect our health and safety - in the face of scientific studies that continue to raise disturbing questions about long-term effects of BPA exposures, especially in fetuses, babies, and young children." In 2008, the NRDC petitioned the FDA to eliminate BPA from food packages. After they received no response, in 2011 the NRDC sued the FDA in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. That court issued a consent decree requiring … [Read more...]

Campbell’s Will Phase Out BPA in Cans

The Campbell's Soup Company is going to completely phase out the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in its food cans, the company said this week in an earnings call. Healthy Child Healthy World and the Breast Cancer Fund announced the news in a joint press release. BPA is used in metal cans to prevent corrosion and increase shelf life. When foods, especially acidic foods, come into contact with metal, they react with it. That can cause aluminum or magnesium to leach into the food and weaken the metal. BPA is an endocrine disruptor; some studies have found that it may be linked to weight gain, behavior problems, breast cancer, heart disease, thyroid issues, liver abnormalities, and diabetes. The BPA in soup cans is of particular concern, since a recent study found that the BPA levels in urine … [Read more...]

Judge Removes BPA from California’s Proposition 65 List

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Judge Raymond Cadei in Sacramento County superior Court removed Bisphenol-A (BPA) from the state's list of reproductive toxins. In January, California EPA officials announced that they would put the chemical on the Prop 65 list of chemicals known to cause reproductive toxicity, and they did just that in mid April. Other items on the California Proposition 65 list include lead, asbestos, arsenic, and tobacco smoke. The National Resources Defense Council states that decision was based on a 2008 report by the National Toxicology Program, which found clear evidence of harm at high doses. It didn't take long for the American Chemistry Council to file a lawsuit to protest the change. That suit stated that "putting BPA on the list of harmful chemicals … [Read more...]

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