My husband came home from a grocery shopping trip not long ago and he had a look of total excitement and triumph on his face. “Look what I found!” he said as he handed me a whipped cream can looking item. It was the new Batter Blaster that I keep hearing about. At first glance I thought “What a cool idea!” and truthfully, it is a pretty cool concept. Organic batter in a can? Yes please! But of course, the SafeMama in me wasn’t totally convinced that the can that held this precious certified organic product was BPA free. So I set out to find the answer.
I checked their website first and while their product information tells us the can is totally recyclable (although I’m told you have to check with your local recycling center to see whether you can actually recycle it on your area) but there was no mention of BPA. This always is a red flag for me. Typically, companies who offer organic food or safer products have a BPA free logo or address it in their FAQ’s because who wouldn’t want to leverage that angle? Its marketing…. if its BPA Free (by accident or otherwise) you want people to know. Since it was missing from an easy access place like their company website I had a feeling I wasnt going to be pleasantly surprised.
However, I did speak to a company representative and my question “Does the can contain BPA?” was answered. The answer? Yes, and No.
According to Batter Blaster, the cans they were using did contain BPA in the epoxy lining of the metal interior. No surprise there. Of course they assured me it was within FDA regulation limits and was well below the allowable BPA content. You know that isn’t good enough for SafeMama. BPA Free or I don’t buy it. BUT, Batter Blaster recently changed their cans to a BPA Free one. So all the new Batter Blaster’s coming into stores are in the new BPA Free steel cans. Hooray! But hold on a minute…
My next question was “Ok so are there still cans in stores right now in the old BPA containing packaging?” The answer that I concluded from our conversation was Yes. Batter Blaster rolled out their new BPA Free packaging but they are still selling the older style cans (I can assume until they run out of it). I asked how I would be able to tell the difference and Batter Blaster told me that the older cans look like the ones featured on their website (See the homepage).
- The old package/can has a “lip” or a “rim” near the top (See inset). The newer packaging does not and appears more streamlined.
- Batter Blaster told me that the cans only have a shelf life of a few months so anything marked with an expiration date of April 2010 or later would be in the new BPA Free packaging.
So I pulled out the can my husband brought home and flipped it over. April 2010. But it was in an old style can with the rim she described. So perhaps a better gauge will be the new style of packaging (which I cannot find a photo of but will post if I see one).
Right now the Batter Blasters in my local store all have the BPA style packaging so I can only assume that these have not been sold out enough to warrant ordering in the new packaged cans yet, despite the April 2010 expiration dates. So I may wait a while before I purchase it again.
Update: Here is a photo of what the new BPA Free packaging looks like:
Thanks Schmedley for pointing me to it.