Which One Is BPA Free?
A Lot of Reusable Water Bottles and Baby Bottles have the “BPA Free” labels. How About Canned Foods?
A lot of people, especially moms and soon-to-be moms, are now aware of the hormone disruptor called Biphenol-A a.k.a. BPA in a lot of plastic products. Now some of us have learned more about it and found out foods in cans might be contaminated by BPA that was leached out from the epoxy lining of the cans! Yikes.
Sure, we should buy fresh organic ingredients from local farmers markets, buy some in bulk at local stores and cook from scratch. But we are not perfect and we don’t have enough time to cook every meal every day! Right? So frozen and/or canned veggies, chicken or veggie stock are now essential in the kitchen. And we still want to eat relatively healthy, don’t we?
I have googled “BPA Free Canned Food” so many times for the past few years. Also I have checked canned foods companies websites. But I had no luck. There are many, many blogs and articles such as TreeHugger, LA Weekly, Huffington Post talking about it and showing which companies offer BPA Free canned foods. But a lot of them turned out to be not completely correct. I bet they googled the same thing and got the idea from few sources that did not offer the complete information! “I have several sources that said this company’s so-and-so is BPA Free ;)” Really? Do you need several sources? I need just once source, the company that makes it and sells it, to tell me if its can has BPA free linings or not! Very simple.
So I have decided to email all the companies I am shopping at, buying from or interested in buying from and get the straight answer! Why didn’t I think about that before?! I should have done my own research years ago. And you should do the same! I’m just another blogger. You shouldn’t trust me! But it’s up to you to decide if you trust the information on this website or not. I’m just sharing the information I have received from canned foods companies.
The information on the list of BPA Free Canned Food Companies is a set of quotes from the emails from those companies I have emailed to. I was going to summarize them and just list the BPA free products. But I thought it’s better to leave them alone. Those are the voices from the manufacturers and the merchandisers and the retailers. I’m not sure if it is okay to share it publicly. But I believe the consumers have the right to know. So meh.
I also made a BPA Free Canned Food Pocket Guide just like Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Sustainable Seafood Guide! I love carrying their seafood guide in my purse. They have an app, too. But I have the access to the paper one from Heal the Bay I volunteer with. So I always carry them (westcoast version and sushi one). And now I want to carry my BPA Free Canned Food Pocket Guide along with it!
But please feel free to create an app for BPA Free Canned Food and let me know! I just don’t know how to do it! In the meantime, I have also made a BPA Free Canned Food Google Doc, too. I use Google Doc for my shopping list so this comes in handy, too. And, this Wordress template should automatically create a mobile version if you access this website from your phone… Do you still need an app for this? Maybe? ;)
Now shop smart and be healthy for yourself and others and this planet!