Cheat Sheet: BPA Free Canned Food

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A few readers asked me to give them a list of canned goods that contain BPA so they know what to avoid.  Sadly, this list is easier to write the other way around since almost ALL canned food – even the organic stuff – contains BPA in the cans lining.  It’s used as an epoxy to keep the can and the food from coming in contact.  A few brands have started using alternatives (more on that later) and these are the ones I am aware of.  I will make this a WORKING list in progress and add to it as I discover new products.  As always, readers, if you know of a canned food brand that belongs here, let me know and I’ll add it.

Last Updated April 5, 2012

BPA Free Canned Food Brands

Working on it:
  • Muir Glen (transitioning to BPA Free cans for their tomato products.  The process has been slow and I wouldn’t expect to be able to tell which ones are BPA free unless you buy them and open them to look at the lining.)
  • ConAgra Foods the maker of Chef Boyardee and Slim Jim snacks  has removed BPA from SOME of its Hunt’s tomato products.  They are looking into transitioning

 Not working on it:

  • Coca Cola
  • Pepsi Co

Both companies have stated that they will not be changing to BPA Free any time.

I would love for this list to become useless when all companies phase out BPA.  But that will take some time and persistence.  There is some concern that any alternatives used could be worse or just as bad (so I still maintain that it’s easy and not expensive to go can-free).   Companies are using something called an oleoresin which is a natural mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from various plants. Muir Glen and Eden Foods are phasing it in. I am trying to find out more information about it but it’s still new so information is limited.  I will of course update you on any new information.

Update: I totally spaced out on the article done by none other than the Non Toxic Ninjas at The Soft Landing.  You can reference their article on BPA Free options as well which lists items in tetrapak and other materials like glass.  BPA Free Canned Food Options.


2 Responses to “Cheat Sheet: BPA Free Canned Food”

  1. Trish on December 7th, 2013 1:47 pm

    You may want to correct your information about Native Forrest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Classic in the can. Recently, I have noticed that the inside of the can is white, indicating BPA. I purchased several cans in upstate NY recently and the cans have white insides. It is very disappointing. And very sad. Just wanted to let you know since you took the time to inform people who frequent your webpage. Trish

  2. Trish on December 11th, 2013 12:49 am

    Hi again- I wanted to follow up with a response from Edward & Sons Trading Co, the supplier of the Native Forrest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Classic in the can. After inquiring about their product and the white insides of the can, their response was:

    Thank you for contacting Edward & Sons Trading Co. This is our new liner that is a titanium dioxide based liner. We have always had a liner for our coconut milk cans, but our previous liner was a clear epoxy liner. In our constant effort to reduce and eliminate BPA from packaging, we have found the new white liner to be a superior lacquer. Our previous lining was tested to 0.2 parts per million (ppm) and tests were negative for BPA. With the change to this new liner, we have commissioned even more stringent testing which confirmed the white lined coconut milk cans test negative for BPA and BPS at the extremely low detection level of 0.1 part per billion (ppb). We are very pleased with the performance of this lining.

    We appreciate your interest in these matters. We continue to work diligently “behind the scenes” to ensure we are providing the best quality products that are supportive of our customers, our farmers and packers and our planet.

    Hannah Stonecypher
    Edward & Sons Trading Co.

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