"Campbell's To End Use of BPA in Can Linings"

"Campbell's Soup has agreed to stop using the chemical BPA in the lining of its cans, joining a host of other brands moving away from using the substance."

"Campbell's Soup Co. spokesman Anthony Sanzio said Monday the company has been working on alternatives for five years and will make the transition as soon as 'feasible alternatives are available.'

The move comes as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to decide by the end of March whether to ban the chemical's use in all food and beverage packaging.

Consumers have petitioned Campbell's for the move away from BPA, or bisphenol A, because of worries about the chemical. BPA, used to make hard, clear plastic, has been linked in human and animal studies to heart disease, early-onset puberty, behavioral problems, diabetes and breast and prostate cancer, especially at low doses.

The FDA announced in January 2010 that it had some concerns about the effect of the chemical on the development of infants and young children. Government regulators promised, but didn't deliver, a reassessment by June 2011."

Meg Kissinger reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel March 5, 2012.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/06/2012