Even in very low doses those BPA can increase the risk of both breast and ovarian cancer cell growth and some prostate cancer cells in animals.
“There is no risk to Canadians,” Health Canada spokesman Stéphane Shank told CBC News. “The average adult weighing approximately 60 kilograms would have to consume over 900 cans per day” to reach the department’s safety threshold, he said.
Scientists from Health Canada brought the cans in Ottawa in April 2007. The drinks included diet, non-diet, fruit-flavoured and energy drinks, representing 84 per cent of soft drinks sold throughout the country.
The report was published in the January issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and is posted on the website for Health Canada.
The chemical compound, Bisphenol A is found in some hard, clear, lightweight plastics and resins. It is used in the manufacture of different types of food and drink containers. In soda pop cans it is used as a liner.