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Bisphenol A/BPA in canned goods: are you concerned?

First, I am primarily interested in the responses of people who use canned goods. My question is: if you use canned goods either regularly or sporadically has recent articles regarding BPAs effected your usage? I like canned legumes and tuna but, rarely get to my Co-op or Whole Foods to look for BPA free alternatives. Though I am concerned I feel the studies aren't very conclusive. What are other canned good consumers thinking about this topic?


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  1. We've basically gotten rid of all canned goods in our life except for canned tuna and canned tomatoes. We do buy Eden's canned beans, because they are in BPA free cans, and we regularly write to other canned goods MFGRS to ask that they please stop lining cans with BPA. It is OUTLAWED in Europe. The only reason it's not here is because of all the power that these companies have with lobbying our government, and I think eventually the safety concerns will be so obvious that they will outlaw it here too, but in the meantime, it's something I try to keep to a very, very minimal exposure.

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    1. re: rockandroller1

      we also try to eat only Eden organics canned beans.

    2. I am very concerned because this study coincides with a specifc, potentially related health concern for one of my kids. And as it happens I had been feeding them a fair amount of canned soup :(. I can rid our diet of that easily but I don't know how to cook without canned tomatoes, especially in the winter - stews and curries are my standbys! It also occured to me that jarred tomato sauce is probably made with canned tomatoes. Sigh.

        1. Yes, but not that much. We use canned goods sparodically.

          If you are worried about legumes, I have recently started cooking them in big batches and freezing in small portions so I always have some on hand.

          1. Bisphenol has been link to panic attacks in lab rats.

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            1. re: beevod

              Yikes, their jobs (the rats) would give me panic attacks.

            2. As I am no longer blessed with a teenage boy's testosterone levels I stay mindful of this and try to avoid as many xenoestrogens as I can. I stick with tuna that comes in the pouches and only do canned food when I indulge in a few slices of cranberry glop on Thanksgiving. If you can't get to WF or similar, Eden Organic has been selling BPA-free canned goods online for a while: http://www.edenfoods.com/

              It could certainly be correlation but I think it is no surprise that cancer is so prevalent while we, and our food, are surrounded by plastics.

              1. Thanks all. I think I'll turn my concern into motivation to make a few changes in my life like finally buying a pressure cooker, eating out less frequently (lots of canned foods are used in restaurant cooking) and doing some canning of my own. @rockandroller1 I like the idea of writing to mfgrs.- you've really inspired me to the same. I know a lot of people who have limited budgets and time that rely on canned goods because it's economical at dollar stores and food outlets or they are recepients of food from food banks.. It seems unfair that the health of people who can least afford health care are at risk from BPAs. Coincidentally, a new pet supply store in my neighborhood carries canned cat food in BPA free cans, so of course the little man will be getting new wet food.

                1. I'm really concerned and am cutting down on canned goods, to about 1 can every other week (although who knows what's in my restaurant food). Already bought glass "tupperware" to carry my lunch in, choosing peanut butter in glass jars rather than plastic, etc. I don't know which plastics exactly what BPA is in, but I figure there could be other stuff in plastics we don't even have a good grasp of yet, so it's best to just avoid.

                  1. Bumping this up as I understand Muir Glen is now going to be joining Eden Foods as a BPA-free canned goods provider, they are in the process of transitioning right now. I'm sure it's more expensive for them to source this way but I am more than willing to pay more for their products if they are using a can liner without BPA. Has anyone else found any other manufacturers going this route? The party line I've heard from others seems to be "it hasnt' been DEFINITELY proven to be unsafe so we're going to continue to use it."

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                    1. re: rockandroller1

                      so happy to hear about muir glen! I have been avoiding all but eden organics, and I miss their fire-roasted tomatoes.

                    2. Yeah, I'm dredging up Tracy's old post on the subject, but today's NY Times has a column that provides some updates on the subject. Honestly, with the continuing shift in power from people to the moneyed corporate interests controlling the federal government, how can anyone feel comfortable with concepts of deregulation (I mean, obviously, it worked with the banking industry, right?)

                      From the article:

                      "Yet following the script of Big Tobacco a generation ago, Big Chem has, so far, blocked any serious regulation of these endocrine disruptors, so called because they play havoc with hormones in the body’s endocrine system.

                      One of the most common and alarming is bisphenol-A, better known as BPA. The failure to regulate it means that it is unavoidable. BPA is found in everything from plastics to canned food to A.T.M. receipts. More than 90 percent of Americans have it in their urine."