LIST OF BPA FREE CANNED FOOD BRANDS & COMPANIES
I have tried to find the information about BPA on the websites of all the brands of canned foods I eat or want to eat. But the most of them are not clear or do not have any information about BPA. Also I searched BPA free cans or canned foods on Google. It gave me some answers from some blogs and Eden Foods (the pioneer of BPA free canned foods in my mind). So I emailed the companies if their products are in BPA free cans. Here are the answers:
Updated on March 21, 2012
“Thanks for your email. We are pleased to let you know that as of March 1, 2012, Amy’s has completely transitioned to cans using no BPA in the formulation of its liner. Even though BPA is omnipresent in the environment from a multitude of sources, testing levels on our canned products with the new liner are showing reduced BPA levels of less than 1 part per billion.”
I replied to Amy’s and see if their products are BPA free from any supermarkets or from your warehouse. I still haven’t received a reply. But I assume some Amy’s cans with BPA are left at the back of the shelf. If you are really worried about BPA, ask the store clerk and see when this Amy’s can was shipped to the store. If after March 1, I’m sure it’s BPA free :)
Anyway, two thumbs up for AMY’S!
As stated on Binaturae’s website, their tomatoes are in BPA Free cans since 2011. It is labeled: “The lining of this can was produced without BPA.”
Right on, Bionaturae! And thank you for labeling it!
Updated on March 19, 2012
Only the tomatoes are in cans with BPA linings at this moment. But they DO have tomatoes in glass jars. A lot less contamination from BPA lining of the lid than the BPA lining from the can. However, I still haven’t found this at the Whole Foods. Have you?
You can order organic tomatoes in the amber glass jar from Eden Foods’ website or a dozen of 14 Oz. Eden Foods Organic Tomato (yes, buy a dozen in a case!) or a dozen of 25 Oz Crushed Organic Tomatoes from Amazon.com!
Updated on February 10, 2014
There’s no Fresh and Easy in my neighborhood. The closest one is about 5 miles away! OK. So it’s sort of in my neighborhood. But I just don’t go to that area. Not that I don’t like it. It’s just not in my route. Anyway, as per a request by a precious reader, I sent a message to F&E through their contact form online. F&E replied to my email within a few hours! WOW. Thank you, Fresh and Easy!
“Thank you for reaching out to us with your question on non-BPA cans. Below is the list of cans that meet the standard:
Organic black beans, Organic garbanzo beans, Organic dark red kidney beans, Organic pinto beans
We hope this helps!”
Fresh and Easy Brand seems to have many canned products. Unfortunately, only 4 F&E Brand canned products are BPA free :( But now we know their canned organic beans are BPA free :)
Updated on March 20, 2012
“As of October 2011, Muir Glen canned tomato products do not utilize BPA in product packaging.
Muir Glen continues to believe BPA is safe based on the weight of evidence of scientific and governmental bodies worldwide, including comprehensive risk assessments in Japan and the European Union along with the European Food Safety Authority’s reaffirmation in December 2011 of its opinion that there is no new evidence to suggest the tolerable daily intake of BPA needs to be lowered. The FDA has also endorsed the safety of current exposure levels.
However, we know that some of our consumers have chosen to avoid BPA, so we had been looking for alternatives. Working with our can suppliers and can manufacturers, Muir Glen was able to develop and test a safe and viable alternative that does not use BPA for our canned tomato products. We began transitioning to those linings with the fall 2010 tomato pack – and we completed that transition with the 2011 tomato pack.
The new liners are a vinyl based liner. The safety of this can lining has been thoroughly tested. In addition to complying with requirements set forth by the FDA, Small Planet Foods board certified toxicologist has concurred with this assessment.”
Updated on April 10, 2012
I’ve heard all of Native Forest Brand‘s canned foods are BPA free. I guess they (all bloggers out there) meant most of them are BPA Free! Anyway, thank you, Native Forest for listing all your BPA free products for me!
“Thank you for contacting Edward & Sons Trading Company with your question about BPA and metal cans. Please know that food safety is as important to us as it is to you and your family. Metal food and beverage cans have a thin coating on the interior of the can surface, which protects from corrosion of the can and contamination of contents by dissolved metals (UK FSA, 2002). Our research indicates that BPA is currently present in most linings of tin cans, jar lids, and other types of packaging. Some consumers fear that BPA injestion may disrupt normal hormone functions and FDA has specified a very low level of permissible BPA migration.
Please be assured that only reputable packaging manufacturers who comply with all government standards supply our cans. However, some customers have told us that government standards are not sufficient to calm their fears. For an informative and unbiased review of the issue, please see:
We at Edward & Sons are mindful of customer concerns and continually work to advance packaging improvements. We direct our packing facilities to select cans with no detectable levels of BPA. While some packaging suppliers offer what they describe as BPA-free cans, we perform independent tests to validate their claims. As of 12/31/2011, all of our can linings have been tested by a licensed, domestic third party laboratory for Bisphenol A (BPA) using a High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) method. The following cans showed “no BPA detected” when tested via HPLC Method. The limit of detection (LOD) for BPA with this analysis is 0.2 parts per million (ppm).
Organic Coconut Milk (Classic and Light)
Organic Pineapple (all varieties)
Organic Tropical Fruits (Mango, Papaya Chunks and Tropical Fruit Salad)
Organic Mandarin Oranges
Organic Asian Pears
Organic Peach & Apricot Medley
Organic Grapefruit Segments
Organic Bamboo Shoots
Organic Baby Corn
Green Asparagus Cuts & Tips
Organic Hearts of Palm
Natural Artichoke Hearts
The list above is derived from independent BPA testing of cans selected at random from our inventory. We are reporting accurate and
specific test results and do not make any additional warrants or claims, except our pledge that all products comply with applicable FDA regulations. Packaging evaluation and improvement is a work in progress and we sincerely appreciate your patience and support.
Our next scheduled update will be April 2012.”
Updated on May 3, 2012
Nijiya Market is a Japanese food store chain in the US that has their own organic farm in California and has Nijiya Brand products that are usually organic as well. There is only one canned product in Nijiya brand – It’s tuna. But this is my go-to market for Japanese food ingredients. So I thought I should check it out.
I could copy & paste the email I received. But it was in Japanese. So I’ll just summarize what it says.
Nijiya Market Brand canned tuna is NOT in BPA Free cans. However, they follow EU regulation (60 parts per billion max) for BPA. EU’s regulation on BPA is tougher than US (600 ppb). So the BPA level in canned tuna should be low. But again it’s not BPA free. FYI, the mercury level in their canned tuna is less than 0.001ppm. That’s very low!!
As of February 20, 2012
Sprouts Brand canned foods are not completely BPA free but they contain far less BPA than FDA’s safe level AND will be BPA free soon! In fact, they should be by now! Ask a store clerk! In fact, I’ll ask them next time I go to my Sprouts Farmers Market and get back to you ;)
“Thank you for your inquiry. We do not make a BPA free statement however our canned products are 9 parts per billion in the can lining as opposed to the accepted FDA safe level of 600parts per billion. We are moving to a BPA free container in the future .
From the legal dept of our canned foods supplier: Our suggested term is non-Epoxy, which means that BPA will not be a part of the initial can, but as you know BPA is now present in our world and will take years to disappear from water, soil and other places before we can say BPA free. Having produced this summer we will begin to see this “non-intent / non-epoxy” container in your stores on or around February/March of 2012 due to carryover complexities and partial non-epoxy/non-intent packs.
BPA is in all packaged food container unless otherwise stated on the item. You will find this in cans including coke and beer, all glass lidding and many plastics.
Thank you I hope this is helpful”
Well, thank YOU, Spouts! This is very helpful!
As of February 29, 2012
Trader Joe’s is the first company I have emailed to about BPA, specifically about oil sardine. I got wrong information about canned oil sardine a.k.a. canned FISH on a blog a couple of years ago, I’ve been eating oil sardine instead of tuna which might contain lots of mercury. But I didn’t realize it was NOT in BPA free cans until I wanted to update BPA free canned food information a couple of months ago by Googling it and found another blog that has copied and pasted the email from Trader Joe’s!!!! Another shocker was my new fave item: canned green chilie!!! ugh. But I’m very grateful that Trader Joe’s disclose which one is BPA free & which one is not. Also, Trader Joe’s will have my oil sardine in BPA free cans very soon! Yayay! I’ve heard they really listen to their customers. So if you want something, ask them nicely :)
“First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to contact us, and please accept my apology for our delay in response time. We experienced an unexpectedly high volume of calls and emails this holiday season, and we are still playing catch-up – but that is no excuse.
As you can imagine, we have received quite a few BPA-related inquiries as of late, and it is important to us that you feel educated and empowered when shopping at Trader Joe’s. On that note, here is the deal with BPA:
Regarding foods packaged in Tetra, all Tetra Pak is BPA-free.
All of our canned fish, chicken, and beef are now in BPA-free cans EXCEPT: sardines, crab, Cherrystone clams, & oysters. Our suppliers are working on a 2012 BPA-free solution for these exceptions.
All of our canned fruits and vegetables (including but not limited to tomatoes, beans, and the organic canned pumpkin, which is a seasonal item) are in BPA-free cans EXCEPT: mandarins, hatch chilies, artichokes, organic baked beans. We are working on an early 2012 BPA-free solution for these products, as well.
Coconut Milk is also in a BPA-free can.
Some further info: every glass jar item has a metal lid. All metal lids DO have a layer of BPA coating, but there is coating of another material put on top of the BPA coating. Thus, there is no direct contact of BPA to food. We have conducted multiple supplier testing results showing there is no BPA detected from metal lids.
Also, all of our canned soups and stews (including Joe’s Os) are in cans that DO have BPA. Some of our suppliers are expecting they will be able to make transition next year.
I hope this helps, and we are so sorry that you received incorrect information about the sardines! We are glad you wrote us :) “
As of March 23, 2012
hmmm. hmmm… We’ll see :)
“Thank you for your recent inquiry regarding our O Organics and Open Nature products.
To ensure you receive the most accurate and up to date information, we will need to research this issue. Once we have the information you have requested, we will contact you via email. We appreciate your patience.”
As of on February 17, 2012
“At this time we are not able to answer your specific question about which of our products are packaged in non-BPA cans. Because there is a shortage of non-BPA cans as compared to the sales of canned products on the market at this time, the cans that our suppliers use can change based on what is available to them. The overall percentage of our products packaged in non-BPA cans is 27%, and going forward we will not be accepting any new canned products with BPA in the lining material.
If you have any further questions please use our on-line response form.
Best regards “
Whole Foods is still one of my fave stores after reading this email and watching this “It’s Getting Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot” video (that’s my WF he is rapping about, yo!). Yes, I’m disappointed that they don’t disclose the list of their 365 brand BPA Free products. But compare to other supermarkets, they carry a lot more organic, locally grown, sustainable products, have a big bulk section (usually), discourage their customers to use single-use disposable supermarket bags by charging 25¢ per paper bag and giving back 10¢ per bag to customers who brought their own bags, and Whole Foods have coupons most of people don’t use or don’t know about (be smart and use them) and on and on! So I don’t want to say bad things about them, yet. However, I want YOU to email them you want Whole Foods 365 Brands to be BPA free, but not in a mean way.
As of March 19, 2012
While Trader Joe’s is still in the transition to BPA Free oil sardine, I would like to buy Wild Planet‘s BPA Free sardines (although it’s a bit pricier)! I also asked them about their tuna because it said BPA free and low in mercury level! But it turned out their cans were not BPA free at this point. But thank you, Wild Planet for doing your own tests on certified BPA free cans! Read the email and learn more:
“Thank you for taking your time to write us with your question. Our sardines are in BpA free-lined cans and our pouches are BpA free lined. Our glass jars do have BpA in the lid lining, but the content seldom contacts the lid. Wild Planet aims to convert all of its canned products to cans with BPA-Free linings. As a result of Wild Planet’s rigorous testing protocol, we have recently discovered that the cans we have been using for our albacore and skipjack tuna have been found to contain trace amounts of BPA, despite the supplier’s certification and assurance that they are BPA-free. Until we have conclusive results from a second round of testing, we have elected to remove the BPA-Free mention from our albacore and skipjack cans labels. In the interim, we are working on sourcing cans from other suppliers and testing those, regardless of the certification provided. We do apologize for the confusion for this might have caused however at this moment only our line of sardines have tested BpA free-lined. Our crab and shrimp are high acid and the canning industry is still working on an alternative to BpA free lined cans for high acid foods. So they are still in BpA lined cans.
You are right, our albacore tuna does have less mercury, on the average it is about 0.17 parts per million (ppm), our skipjack is 0.08 ppm and major company brands run between 0.35 to .45 ppm on the average and FDA max requirement is 1.00 ppm on average. The other great thing about our tuna that it is once cooked, which means everything in the can is fish product and eatable which gives us such high Omega numbers. Please don’t drain the liquid in the Albacore or Skipjack cans.
Thank you again for writing us.”
Send an email to the company! It only takes a few minutes of your time to save your life!
These are the brands I occasionally buy or am thinking about buying the canned foods from because I wanted to find out more about what I am eating. I was not thinking about sharing them unless my friends ask for it. I have been talking about the environment and eco-friendly foods with my friends for the last decade and more. Then I have learned that some (a lot) of them do not want to listen to me talking about it any more. They are tired of it or threaten by it. Or they just don’t want to know because they don’t want to be scared? Or I don’t know. Those friends thought this was my hobby LOL
So it was not like I was trying to keep it a secret. I just didn’t think about sharing this with strangers. I just wanted to organize the information I gathered somewhere like Google Doc. Then I thought, “why not share this info with people who want to know?” Wordpress, Blogger, and all kinds of blogs are free for us to use! To top if all off, I was the one who was Googling about this information and frustrated that the blogs and news that have BPA free canned foods information do not offer detailed information. That was how I got deceived! Well, the “deceive” is not a right word. I don’t think any of them represent canned food companies or anything. But I got the information from a very acclaimed environmental blog site (you are hugging what?). Some bloggers are just blogging and sharing SOME information online. I should have done my own research.
But like the saying goes, “what you eat is what you are.” I don’t want to eat something from the food company that sells us something they don’t eat. Like the president of Eden Foods says, “I didn’t want BPA in food I was serving to my kids, my grandkids, or my customers.” This goes same to you. If you are not sure about the canned food you are eating, email the company and find out! It only takes a few minutes of your life to write such email.