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Plastic linings are found in about 85 percent of the food cans sold in the United States. Several scientists from the University of Granada in Spain analyzed twenty brands of this canned food and found BPA contamination in half of all they examined. Some BPA in cans of corn and other food was found to be in amounts of eighty parts per billion, far in excess of the level a Stanford University research team had previously identified as causing breast cancer cells to proliferate.

“A group of professors at the Yale School of Medicine reported in 2005 that low doses of BPA, as found in food-storage containers, textiles, and flame retardants, may lead to learning disabilities and age-related neurodegenerative diseases in humans. While their study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, used low doses of BPA in female rats, they claim the observed effects in areas of the brain involved with the formation and retention of memory can be extrapolated to humans. They speculate that BPAs may be a causative factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, now afflicting nearly five million Americans, and in learning disabilities in children. When corrected for body size differences, the BPA effects seen in lab animals are within the range of what we humans normally ingest or inhale from the leaching that occurs in our use of plastics in everyday products.”

Fitzgerald, Randall (2006-06-22). The Hundred-Year Lie: How to Protect Yourself from the Chemicals That Are Destroying Your Health (p. 157-58). Plume. Kindle Edition.

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