Important Message from Breast Cancer Action

I just received this email & wanted to pass it along to those of you who contribute canned goods to shelters and food banks. Even though you may have already contributed, this info may be helpful for future donations. BCAs website is

I also received another email from the Garden of Eden blog with a request to sign a petition to get BPA and other harmful chemicals out of our food. To learn more, go to

Dear Ellensue,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to make sure you saw a new report on toxins in canned foods we’re co-releasing with our friends at the Breast Cancer Fund.

The report, “Bisphenol A (BPA) in Thanksgiving Foods,” analyzed the levels of BPA found in canned foods many of us eat around Thanksgiving, like Campbell’s Turkey Gravy and Green Giant Cut Green Beans.

BPA is an endocrine disrupter that mimics estrogen in our bodies and has been shown to increase our risk of breast cancer. The study found that almost all of the canned food samples had some level of BPA contamination.

For more information on the Breast Cancer Fund’s excellent report, please read our summary.

This report highlights what many advocates, including Breast Cancer Action, have been saying for years: we need stricter regulation of toxic chemicals that cause health problems.

Some of us will celebrate Thanksgiving with an abundance of toxin-free food. Others of us will rely on canned food from food drives for our holiday meals—canned food that likely contains BPA. Children, pregnant women and low-income people, who are primarily from communities of color, are the main recipients of canned food from food drives.*

The burden of higher exposure to toxic chemicals should not lie on the backs of poor people all over the country who depend on donated canned food during the holidays.

Read our analysis of this report to learn more about this issue and how you can take action.

We are committed to advocating for just systems and policies that ensure the protection of all our health. We need strong legislation that puts the burden of proof on all companies to show their products are safe. Our individual behavior alone cannot eliminate exposures to toxins in the environment, especially for low-income communities who are disproportionately impacted by toxins linked to breast cancer and other health problems.

Read more about why we need systemic change to protect all citizens from toxic and harmful chemicals in the food we eat.

Find out more about the Breast Cancer Fund’s Thanksgiving report by reading our analysis about who is at highest risk for BPA exposure through donated food. Then tell Congress you support the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, which would protect all of us from BPA and other toxins linked to breast cancer in our everyday environment. We all deserve healthy environments in which we can grow and thrive.

Be careful what you donate!

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