Debra Lynn Dadd

Bisphenol A in Canned products

QUESTION:

Hi Debra,

I love what you are doing for consumers. I wish you worked for the FDA--we would sure be healthier.

My question is--do you know what canned soups, tunas, beans, etc. do not contain the epoxy resin, Bisphenol A? I have looked everywhere and they mention that some tuna, beans, soup, etc cans contain this plastic lining but they never list the brands. (Environmental Working Group has done a lot of research but doesn't list the brands). I have written many and so far, only Trader Joes doesn't use this chemical in its canned products.

Have a great day, Kathy Paris

POSTED BY KATHY PARIS :: WA USA :: 08/27/2007 11:31 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

I don't have a list of brands.

One of the problems of putting together such a list is that it can change faster than I could keep up with doing the research.

Kudos to Trader Joe's for choosing bisphenolA-free cans and making it known. That's really what all manufacturers need to do.

Now, if you do the research and find more, I'm happy to post them here!

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

I have been buying my canned foods from Eden Organics their company is an excellent source of food. They have very high standards and are not owned by any of the bigger companies. I feel confident that you would be happy with their products. Check them out online at www.edenfoods.com. I think you will be pleased. They are also carried in many of the HFS's and co-op's.

POSTED BY BRENDA :: NORTH CAROLINA USA :: 08/29/2007 11:06 AM


i noticed that there's a posting here that trader joe's does not use can linings containing bisphenol-a. i'd just like to mention that their canned tomatoes DO contain bisphenol-a. trader joe's organic diced tomatoes are packed by muir glen, which does use epoxy linings in their can. unfortunately, TJ's has not been honest about this and for this reason i would recommend avoiding their canned foods. please read below:

when i wrote to ask trader joe's last year if any of their canned goods contained BPA, they wrote back as follows:

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From: "Web Customer Relations"
Date: July 9, 2007 8:13:34 AM PDT
Subject: RE: Trader Joe's Product Information Form

Hello Sarah,


Trader Joe's uses food grade enamel to line our cans of tomatoes. We never use BPA in any of our cans.

Thank you for your inquiry and thank you for shopping at Trader Joe's.

Kellye
Trader Joe's
Customer Relations

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so a few months later i bought a case of their canned tomatoes. i noticed that the cardboard box that the cans came in was labeled 'muir glen', and i had previously written to muir glen to ask if they used BPA in their linings, and they said they did. I also noticed a white plastic lining inside the tomato cans. So i wrote back to trader joe's to ask about this, including a specific, yes-or-no question [do your canned tomatoes contain BPA?]

here's the response i got:

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Sarah,

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. Realistically,BPA is an industry-wide issue for manufacturers putting products in cans, certain types of plastic containers, and even products like Nalgene reusable drinking bottles.

If you are concerned about BPA it may be best to avoid canned food. The matter is the subject of much debate and there's yet to be definitive information from the discussions.

As the affected manufacturing industries respond to the developments, we'll have a better sense of what our next steps will be.

Sincerely,
Amy
Trader Joe's
Customer Relations

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as you may notice, this did not answer the question.

so i wrote back one last time, explaining that i had a specific question about the canned tomatoes and wanted a yes-or-no answer; not a generic list of talking points.

i got the following response:

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Sarah,

Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention. Realistically,
BPA is an industry-wide issue for manufacturers putting products in
cans, including our canned tomatoes, certain types of plastic
containers, and even products like Nalgene reusable drinking bottles.

If you are concerned about BPA it may be best to avoid canned food.
The matter is the subject of much debate and there's yet to be
definitive information from the discussions.

As the affected manufacturing industries respond to the developments,
we'll have a better sense of what our next steps will be.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth
Trader Joe's
Customer Relations


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i think it's pretty sleazy that they lied about this the first time i asked, and then refused to answer the question the second and third time. i'm not shopping there anymore; please write to them and tell them to be honest about what's in their food packaging.


POSTED BY SARAH :: OREGON USA :: 05/26/2008 3:32 PM


Thanks Sarah and Debra. Even though I too was told by Trader Joe's that their cans do not contain BPA, when I pushed the issue about more specific ingredients in their cans, I got no response. Trader's is known for its quality products and to not answer questions directly is very concerning to many of us. I would write the head people, not just customer service. You will get more action that way. Here is their address and who to write: Chairman and CEO Dan Ban and President Doug Rauch, 800 S. Shamrock Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016. 626-599-3700' fax 626-301-4431. The board of directors is the next step if you get no response.

Being concerned, I took all my canned Trader Joe's items back. The man there said no problem but called corporate headquarters, customer service, to check about BPA. The standard line was "none of our products contain BPA". They only say what they are told. They are not scientists and probably have no idea what lines their cans.

Good luck, Kathy Paris

POSTED BY KATHY PARIS :: WASHINGTON USA :: 06/02/2008 1:01 PM


If you write, Trader Joe's CEO is Dan Bane (typo in previous post. I too was told several times and received an e-mail response all saying "NO BPA" in their can linings. I have written again and am waiting for response. If I was given misinformation I most definitely will be writing to the CEO.

POSTED BY ABIGAIL :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 08/26/2008 10:45 AM


Bisphenol A in canned goods is affecting not only us, but our pets as well. I recently learned that there is a much higher rate of hyperthyroidism among cats fed mostly soft canned cat food. These cans are lined with BPA containing liners, which leach faster because of the high fat content of the food.

POSTED BY RENEE' Z :: ILLINOIS USA :: 09/01/2008 2:47 PM


I have been making an effort to wean myself off canned food products. I have been finding some products that I use being packaged in aseptic containers. These are the 1 Qt. sized boxes you commonly see on the shelves containing things like soy milk, soups, broths, etc.

What is the lining material used in these boxes and is it safe?

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: The lining is polyethylene plastic. It is considered a food-safe plastic, which is not toxic and does not leach. I'm not concerned about plastic leaching into the food from aseptic packaging. If would be safer to eat food packaged in this container than in a can with a lining that leaches bisphenol-A.


POSTED BY STEPHANIE :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 09/30/2008 9:40 AM


Help?!
How can we tell if a can is lined with BPA??? Is the interior wall always white?
I am so fustrated with the amount of "crap" companies are "feeding" us!!!!!!!!! And then treating people who care about sifting through it all like we're crazy!

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: Virtually all can linings contain BPA. The only brand I know of that doesn't is Eden Foods. Unless the can or company website says there is no BPA in the can lining, assume that it does.


POSTED BY THEBARDSGIRL :: NEW YORK USA :: 03/02/2009 10:18 AM


I read on another site that not all Eden foods are in BPA free cans.

POSTED BY LINDA :: SOUTH CAROLINA USA :: 09/28/2009 8:40 AM


Not too long ago, I was opening a can of some organic food and noticed that the label specifically stated that xyz brand does not use BPA in its cans. I wish I could remember which brand it was! If I come across it again, I will post here. Otherwise, just know that you *might* see it specifically noted on the can if a brand does not use BPA in its cans.

POSTED BY SUOICERP21 :: FLORIDA USA :: 10/02/2009 12:28 PM


Here is what my research has uncovered. I called or emailed each company:

Canned products and Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bearitos Beans—no BPA.

Eden Organic Beans—no BPA.

Westbrae Products does not test for BPA so they assume trace amounts.

Muir Glen cans have BPA.

BioNature cans have trace amounts of BPA.

Because of their acidic nature all canned tomatoes are lined with BPA. It is best to buy tomatoes in glass or aseptic containers (juice box). Glass is best since it can be recycled.

BioNature has tomatoes in glass jars. Can be purchased at Whole Foods.

POSTED BY DM :: ILLINOIS USA :: 10/02/2009 1:49 PM


Not all Eden cans are entirely BPA free. I think all their canned beans (inclucing the newer chili's) are BPA free; however, their canned tomatoes do contain some BPA. I think they test and show no detectable leaching.

POSTED BY KRISSY :: :: 4399 JENNY LN NW :: MINNESOTA USA :: 10/02/2009 2:19 PM


Questions: Are the non-BPA cans lined with something else? Or are we risking leaching with the un-lined cans?

Thanks
Dani

POSTED BY DANI :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 10/16/2009 1:17 PM


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