In an article published on March 18, 2016 the Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals informs about a testing campaign analyzing eight different brands of canned peeled tomatoes for the content of bisphenols. The lacquer on the inside of the cans was tested for bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7), bisphenol F (BPF, CAS 620-92-8), and bisphenol S (BPS, CAS 80-09-1). BPA is used in polycarbonate plastics and in epoxy-based coatings on metal food contact materials (FCMs); BPF and BPS are used as substitutes for BPA. All three bisphenols are suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Five of the eight tested cans contained BPA, whereas BPF and BPS were not found in any of the cans. The detected levels of BPA comply with the European limit value when assuming total migration, the Consumer Council reports. However, project manager Stine Müller expresses her concern over cocktail effects by stating that the EU limit values do not “take into account that the consumers are exposed to many different substances from many different sources which also can have similar endocrine disrupting effects.”

Migration of BPA into the tomatoes was not tested in the scope of this campaign. Taking into account findings of previous studies and the long shelf life of canned peeled tomatoes, Müller suggests that it is “very likely that the substance can migrate into the food.”

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Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals (March 18, 2016). “Test: Bisphenol A still found in canned peeled tomatoes.

Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals (March 18, 2016). “Test: Kemi i dåser med flåede tomater.(in Danish)