*** I must give my personal opinion here that in order to be truly
healthy - moving away from all canned foods is best. While I applaud
that companies are beginning to replace the BPA in their can linings
(due solely to a consumer driven movement! We DO have power!) Whatever
they have replaced the BPA with is untested on humans longterm. A recent study found that virtually ALL plastics release hormone disruptors at some level. Because of this relatively new information - I will no longer be updating this page, as I feel fresh food is really the only healthy choice. Grow your own or buy from your local farmer's market. Learn to preserve, in glass, or buy products in glass.
Foods in #7 plastic containers and the majority of canned foods are exposed to this toxic chemical. Bisphenol-A is a plastic and resin ingredient used to line metal food and drink cans, and it's a main building block for polycarbonate (PC) plastics. Even at low doses, Bisphenol A has been linked to cancer, birth defects, miscarriages, obesity, and insulin resistance, which can lead to Type II diabetes. Refer to the Environmental Working Group report on BPA for more information.
Also, many people have asked me about Tetra Paks - which at one time were thought to be safe. Recent studies show the plastic liners leach endocrine disruptors just like canned foods.
- Avoid all type #7 (PC) plastics. The most common plastic items of this type are those hard water bottles and some baby bottles. As an alternative, look for stainless steel bottles that are not lined with a plastic coating. Klean Kanteen is a popular brand, and has been tested for leaching.
- If you can buy fresh or bulk food instead of canned items, do. If you can't buy fresh or in bulk, look for food items in glass jars instead of cans or look for products from companies that don't use BPA. Some common brands are listed below along with their answers about whether they use BPA in their cans. If you use a brand that's not listed, please feel free to contact them directly to ask, then share your results here.
- Children are very susceptible to this chemical, so eliminate their exposure to all canned products, especially canned formula.
- Never microwave plastics, and don't wash plastic in the dishwasher. If you use plastic tupperware, consider replacing them with glass storage containers such as Pyrex.
Common Brands of Canned Foods and Company Responses
After all the surge in publicity and hearing from many companys, I come to the conclusion that BPA is used industry wide and unless the company consciously chooses to purchase otherwise, all cans have it. I am now only posting updates when we hear of a company that does NOT have BPA in thier cans.
Eden Foods (see below). Besides their basic canned beans, they also have canned rice and beans dishes that are great when cooked up with some fresh veggies. Companies that choose glass jars, which is clearly the healthiest, is also a good choice.
*****Native Forest Coconut has just confirmed that their coconut milk is now canned in BPA FREE cans. This is super good news!!!!! In addition, they say:
"Native Forest Organic mango chunks, papaya chunks and tropical fruit salad are now packed in non-BPA cans, as are most of our canned pineapple items.
Because we source organic pineapple from several suppliers in two countries, it will take us a little more time to complete this transition. We anticipate that all organic pineapple items will be packed in non-BPA cans in the first quarter of 2009.
We are currently in the process of converting all Native Forest items to non-BPA cans, but we are not there yet."
In addition! We hear that Ecofish brand tuna ect and Vital Choice are also BPA FREE....
Oregon's Choice Gourmet says:Right now we have BPA free cans available in the 6 oz. lightly salted Albacore and come next canning season we will be phasing in BPA free cans for more of our products. Our goal is to have everything canned in the BPA free cans within two years.
I have just heard that Wild Planet canned tuna and sardines are bpa-free. On the can it reads "Can Certified BPA Free." They are working to make their salmon BPA free as well.
From a customer (on 3-30-11)
"I called Muir Glen today about the BPA in their cans. The woman I spoke to said they switched to a new can for their tomatoes during their last growing cycle. These new cans DO NOT have BPA. She said the new cans have a use-by date of 2013, and also when you open the can, you will see an orangish or copper color on the side of the can instead of a white
liner. Currently only their tomatoes have the new cans, but they will be
switching their other products to these cans. She didn't have a timeline for when those changes might happen."
From a customer (4-1-11)
"I just spoke with a person at Amy's and I wanted to update you so that you
can update anyone else who comes to your page. The person said that Amy's
is moving toward BPA free cans and expects these to be out by
September/October of this year. The BPA free cans will be labeled as such.
I was impressed with the clear amount of focus they've put into getting the
right can to maintain the integrity of their product.
Anyway, expect BPA free cans from Amy's by September/October 2011 if not
Supposedly "Nature's Promise" Organic tomatoes are BPA free......
Amy's: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.
Bionaturae carries tomato paste and strained tomatoes in jars, but the company says they DO use BPA in cans. However, they are researching an alternative.
Company says they DO use BPA in tomato cans. However, organic bean cans do NOT contain BPA. Out of all the companies I have heard from, this company seems to really be conscious about it. Here is what they have to say about their beans:
Are Eden Beans packed in cans with enamel lining that contains bisphenol-A?
Eden Organic Beans are packed in steel cans coated with a baked on
oleoresinous (a natural mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from
various plants, such as pine or balsam fir) c-enamel lining, that does
not contain bisphenol-A. These cans cost 14% more than the industry
standard cans, which do contain bisphenol-A.
Muir Glen: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.
Trader Joe's: Yes contains BPA on most items....
Westbrae Natural: Unclear
Company email response says "We do not test our packaging for Bisphenol A."
Santa Barbara Olives - We have just found out Santa Barbara Olives DOES use BPA
Wolfgang Puck: Not Safe
Company says they DO use BPA.
Progresso NOT SAFE
Lucini Italia Organics has 100% BPA-free foods packed in glass.
Lindsay Olives, the parent company is Bell-Carter Olive Co. They do use BPA in their cans and they consider it safe and within EU limits,
but their canners are "constantly looking into alternatives".
A customer wrote in and said; "I just called Earths Best Organic and asked whether they have BPA in
their cans (my daughter loves their Elmo Tomato Soup).
Unfortunately, they told me they do have BPA in their cans. I asked
them to take it out and submitted a request on the website.
COCA COLA is not only defending BPA as safe but is spending millions of dollars lobbying and publicizing it's safety to prevent regulations restricting its use. Please call and voice your opinion.1-800-get-coke ext 2
Today 4/23/08 (a customer) spoke directly to the companies listed below and they
all said they use BPA as a chemical component in the lining of their
Bush Brothers & Co (known for their Bush's Beans
Swanson division of Campbells
Carnation (different divisions of the same co)
Con Agra (Ex:Rosarita brand
hope this helps.
S&W Organic said they
do have trace amounts of bp-A in their cans.
Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk HAS BPA and defends it. This makes me very sad!
(the one with the bunny) is using BPA in the epoxy lining but says they are looking into alternatives.
Hansens makers of Blue Sky organic soda,
uses BPA in their soda lining. Although they say the FDA and the Plastic
industry claims its safe for beverages.
Whole Foods/ 365 Label says
"Unfortunately, at this time, it would be impossible to determine if the can you take home from the
store contains BPA. Cans are part of the commodity market, and from the time the item is produced in a facility to the time it is pushed through distribution channels and lands on the shelf, to the time it is purchased, manufacturers may change suppliers for this commodity item numerous times.
Therefore, our Private Label products may or may not contain BPA. We do have individuals working on packaging alternatives and solutions; however, at this time it would be impossible to track the specific can of
This is a people driven list. Please call your favorite companies and ask - let them know you as a consumer wants BPA free food. Send me info and I will post it. I admit to being concerned about what they will replace the BPA with, as it won't be long term tested on humans either. Fresh is best!
The following brings up yet another BPA contamination issue - that of toothpaste tubes!
Subject: toothpaste tubes containing BPA
(Debra Kam) 02/20/2009 11:14 AM
I understand that BPA is present in the
lining of your toothpaste tubes --
can you tell me if you are planning to
change this and phase out the use of
Response (Megan Dunn)
02/20/2009 11:26 AM
Thank you for your e-mail and for
asking about BPA (Bisphenol-A) in our
packaging. Our tube manufacturer uses a
food-grade liner in our tubes and
they have reported to us that there is a
trace amount of BPA in the liner
material. However, testing of this liner by
an independent laboratory
actually has found that the level is actually below
their detection limit.
Based on this information, we believe that our liners
are safe for use as
far as BPA levels are concerned.
If you would like to sign a petition asking Muir Glen to remove the BPA please go here: