Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is a building block of several plastics. BPA is in many hard clear polycarbonate plastics and is a component in many food can liners. Nalgene, a water-bottle manufacturer, is phasing out products containing the chemical. We recommend that you replace your old Nalgene bottle!
Suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety. A 2010 report from the FDA raised further concerns regarding exposure of fetuses, infants, and young children.
Good Earth salutes the companies who have demonstrated commitment and leadership in forging new technologies in manufacturing, providing consumers with BPA free cans!!
Look for these cooperating brands....
Earth's Best Infant Formula
Eden (beans only)
Edwards & Sons most of the fruit - not pineapple
mango papaya tropical fruit is BPA free
coconut milk is BPA free
To avoid BPA Good Earth recommends avoiding all metal canned products except for these brands. We are trying to offer packaging alternatives, usually glass for all items. Unfortunately expect to pay a bit more for glass.
Good Earth is actively engaging all our suppliers to find alternatives as soon as possible. This may take awhile as there is currently no approved can liner for acid foods such as tomatoes.
"We were reading reports out of Europe in 1999 and with the concerns and tests, it seemed like the right thing to do would be to stay away from [BPA]. Putting pure food in a contaminated can doesn't make much sense."-Eden company spokeswoman Sue Becker.
Tests on animals show the chemical has been associated with a variety of abnormalities, the FDA last year deemed BPA safe. But the agency's decision has come under fire as evidence about the potential dangers of BPA continues to mount.
Some studies have shown that BPA appears to accelerate human growth and can increase the likelihood of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
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