BPA in Pet Food

Where do you draw the line in worrying about safety?
By JoAnna Lou, November 2009

This year there’s been a lot of attention on BPA (Bisphenol A), a chemical used to make hard, clear plastics and the lining of cans. 

Last year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a report that BPA was safe in food contact materials. However, this past June, the FDA changed their mind and announced that they would be re-evaluating the safety of BPA in light of new research. 

According to NaturalNews.com, more than 200 animal studies show that BPA is toxic at very low doses and the National Toxicology Program of the National Institutes of Health concluded that there is "some concern" that BPA may cause health problems including cancer, attention deficit disorder, and neurological problems. 

I try to avoid plastics as much as possible, but it’s difficult to avoid BPA. The current issue of Consumer Reports even found traces of the chemical in cans that companies claimed to be BPA-free.

I always assumed that because cans are made of metal that they were safe and had no idea that many contain BPA. It got me thinking, not only about my own food safety, but that of my pets. I don’t actually use much canned dog food, but it’s yet another concern on an ever growing list of potential food-related dangers.

If you use canned pet food, call the manufacturer to inquire about BPA levels. You might also consider alternatives, such as wet food packets.

I’ve been back and forth over switching my pups to raw or home-cooked food. It seems like only a matter of time before another product is recalled or another harmful chemical is discovered.

Where do we draw the line between being cautious and overly worried for our fur kids?

JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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