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Fundacion Vivosano – Survey of 101 food companies in Spain on the use of BPA

According to a recent study conduct by Foundation Vivo Sano, more than 70% of the companies that manufacture or sell canned food and drinks in Spain refused to provide information on the use of BPA in their packaging.

Through its campaign Home without toxics, Foundation Vivo Sano surveyed 101 companies between September and November 2014 that manufacture or sell canned food and drinks in Spain. The results are detailed in an extensive report released on 24 March by the head of the campaign, Carlos de Prada, and the scientist Nicolás Olea, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Granada and researcher at the Center Research Network Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP).

According to the report, out of the 101 companies, 10 expressly stated that the use of BPA is "safe for health” and / or reported “not having taken any action to replace it". Five of the companies stated that they have eliminated this toxic substance from all cans and containers, eight indicated that they are in the process of replacing BPA and four stated that they are contemplating removing it in a near future.

Carlos de Prada noted that "the results of this survey indicate a lack of governmental action, by showing that some companies are ahead of the existence of a law that prohibits its [BPA’s] use". Another conclusions drawn from the study is the lack of transparency that exists in the food sector with regards to safety & consumer information.

"The fact that 70% of companies have not provided us with the required information is in itself disturbing. Not only represents a lack of communication between companies and consumers, but also ignores the right of consumers to be informed about the products they consume, especially in areas that relate to food security".

Foundation Vivo Sano recently spoke on Spanish TV about BPA and the health related problems - available here

Originally posted on 6 May 2015

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