After nearly 20,000 people spoke out and asked Campbell Soup Company to make their soups safe for children, the food icon announced its decision to phase out bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical, from their can linings. This decision marks a major moment for corporate responsibility and the safety of our food.
"Your support--and the the support of thousands of concerned individuals across the country--made it clear that toxic chemicals have no place in kids' soup," said Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, CEO/Executive Director of Healthy Child Healthy World. "Together, we made sure Campbell's got the message!"
Dozens of media outlets covered the big news (including Forbes, Treehugger, Rodale and GreenBiz), helping to raise awareness about BPA's health risks just as the Food & Drug Administration is poised to make a decision to ban or regulate the chemical later this month.
Find out more and follow what Healthy Child Healthy World is doing to empower parents to protect kids from harmful chemicals.
Update 12/14/11: In December, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that eating a single serving of canned soup daily over five days resulted in a more than 1000 percent increase in urinary BPA levels. With the holidays approaching, it is imperative that we mobilize parents to unite on this important issue: Get BPA out of our kids food!
SpaghettiOs, Disney Princess Noodles, and Chicken Alphabet soup. Those are just three of several canned foods that Campbell’s markets to children.
Parents think they’re purchasing healthy foods with kid-friendly themes—but cancer, heart disease, early onset puberty, and other health problems could be lurking in the meals, according to a recent study by the Breast Cancer Fund.
Campbell’s lines its cans with bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical that can leach from can linings into the foods held inside. Health studies have linked BPA exposure to cancers, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and a host of other maladies.
Even other major manufacturers—have started using BPA-free can linings for certain products, are committed to removing the chemical from all packaging, and have a timeline to achieve this transition. What is Campbell’s waiting for?
It’s time for Campbell’s to stop being an industry laggard and start protecting kids’ health. Please sign our petition in support of the Breast Cancer Fund's Cans Not Cancer campaign, and send a message to Campbell’s execs that it’s time to commit to ditch BPA.