California: Bisphenol A Still Present in Cans

The number of cans containing BPA sold in typical U.S. grocery discount stores, like Kroger, Albertsons, Dollar Tree, and 99 Cents only, has decreased – from 67% of inspected cans in 2015 to 38% in a current study. However, 71 of 78 cans from Asia sold by independent dealers in California continue to contain BPA. These numbers were published by the non-profit Center for Environmental Health (CEH) in its current report, Kicking the Can. The organization also issued a press release on the study.

Since the beginning of the year, the agency responsible for risk assessment in California, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), has published an online list of products containing BPA on its Proposition 65 Web site. Yet, the list displayed only 3 of the 71 cans that contained BPA.

Since May 2016, the Californian environmental law (California Proposition 65) has required notification of the possible risks of using BPA. However, no generally binding regulation exists about how to define the notification. Agency managers prefer to wait for the results of a larger study of BPA.

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