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In a survey released by Environmental Working Group (EWG) it was found that 78 brands use BPA-lined cans for all of their products, 34 brands use BPA-lined cans for some of their products, and 31 use BPA-free cans for all of their products.

Conducted between January and August of 2014, the survey covers more than 250 brands of canned food, with researchers discovering that more than 44% use bisphenol-A (BPA) lined cans.

For the reader unfamiliar with BPA and why it’s a controversial chemical: bisphenol A-based epoxy coatings are used by food companies to line their metal food cans. However, because BPA is a synthetic estrogen that scientists have linked to breast cancer, reproductive damage, developmental problems, heart disease and other illnesses, there have been increasing calls for it to stop being used.

Many food companies have pledged publicly to stop using BPA, but the question is: have they delivered?

The Environmental Working Group’s comprehensive survey of the American canned food marketplace has found that  some food companies and brands – from small independent labels like Amy’s to global food giants like the Hain Celestial Group – offer BPA-free packaging in all product lines, but others, such as Target Corp. and Hormel Foods Corp. still use cans containing BPA. Disturbingly, consumers have no reliable way of knowing whether a canned food item is BPA-free. Samara Geller and Sonya Lunder, senior Analysts at EWG, write:

EWG analyzed 252 canned food brands, mostly between January and August 2014, to find out which of them packed their food into cans coated with BPA-laden epoxy.

Here’s what EWG discovered:

Don’t see your favorite brand on these lists? Use EWG’s Food Scores to look up individual products and see their BPA status – and so much more.

Want more information about the state of BPA in the canned food industry? Click here to read EWG’s full analysis of BPA in canned food.

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