Marion Nestle, author of "Food Politics" and "What to Eat," as well as a professor in the nutrition, food studies and public health department at New York University, writes a monthly column in the San Francisco Chronicle Food section. This month she responds to a reader question about food policy and includes a reference to our September report, BPA in Kids' Canned Food:
Q: I don't understand why the FDA does not ban aspartame, food colors, BPA, pesticides and all those other nasty chemicals in food. I can't believe they are good for us.
A: ...Recent studies raise concerns about BPA's effects on the brain and behavior of fetuses, infants and young children, and on cancer, obesity and infertility in adults. Some studies suggest that exposure to BPA is higher than previously estimated. Just last week, the Breast Cancer Fund released a study finding BPA in canned foods designed for children. (Read complete article.)
She closes with some guidance on personal and political action you can take to reduce exposure to food chemicals, including BPA. Find more tips for eating better on our website.