The hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) has been linked to a laundry list of health issues. Studies connect BPA exposure to cardiovascular disease, reproductive problems, diabetes, early onset puberty, and other disorders. In lab animals, BPA has been shown to trigger breast and prostate cancers.
But despite the growing body of evidence showing BPA's potential health risks, the chemical continues to appear in everything from aluminum cans to plastic bottles to credit card receipts.
While Canada registered BPA as a "toxic substance" and some U.S. states ban BPA in children's products, no federal legislation exists to restrict BPA's use. That's why some companies have taken matters into their own hands: H.J. Heinz, ConAgra, Hain Celestial, General Mills, and most recently, Kroger Supermarkets, have all made commitments to phase BPA out of their products' packaging.
Let's tell Safeway, one of America's leading supermarket chains, to follow Kroger's lead and eliminate BPA from its receipts and store-brand canned goods. For consumers to feel safe buying Safeway-brand products, we'll need to know that there's a plan in place to phase BPA out of can linings.