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Exposure to BPA Through Food Packaging Not a Health Risk, Says Health Canada

May 8, 2014

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) survey found that all of the canned foods tested for Bisphenol A (BPA) were safe to consume. CFIA conducted the study between 2011 and 2012 to test the migration level of BPA in 403 canned food samples. BPA was not detected in 98.5% of the canned foods tested, while six of the canned food contained only trace amounts.

As a result of the study, Health Canada determined that current BPA exposure though food packaging is not a health risk for consumers, including infants and children. This conclusion follows similar conclusions reached by other international food regulatory agencies, including ones in the European Union and the United States. Health Canada does, however, continue to recommend that manufacturers apply the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle when using BPA.

For more information, please visit Health Canada's website.