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ARCHIVED - Survey of Bisphenol A in Canned Food Products from Canadian Markets - Summary

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Health Canada recently conducted a survey entitled Survey of Bisphenol A in Canned Food Products from Canadian Markets

This survey examined samples from 78 different canned food products, and found only low levels of BPA. The results of this survey confirm that exposure to BPA from canned food products is very low and poses no health or safety concerns to the general population.

The survey was conducted by Health Canada as part of its research and monitoring agenda to further gather occurrence levels of BPA in canned food products for sale in Canada, and improve its understanding of Canadians' exposure to this chemical through food sources.

BPA is used to make epoxy resins, which are used as protective linings on the inside of metal lids and containers. These linings serve an important role as they prevent corrosion of the metal and contamination of food and beverages from dissolved metals. The linings also play an important role in preserving the quality and safety of the food.

The Government of Canada continues to take action to protect the health of Canadians and the environment from chemicals of concern, and is making progress on commitments made under the Chemicals Management Plan regarding BPA. Health Canada has also committed to facilitate the assessment of any industry proposed alternative can coatings that do not contain BPA.