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picklebird Mar 1, 2012 01:32 PM

In light of this article from this week's JAMA: http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/... , I am recommitting myself to eliminating BPA from the food I buy. The only thing really giving me trouble over the past year are canned tomatoes. I use canned tomatoes a few times per week!

Any leads on where I can buy either: jarred tomatoes (I know Eden makes them) or the Pomi-style tetrapak tomatoes? Muir Glen has eliminated BPA from their cans, but I don't think they are sold in Canada. Any other companies use BPA-free cans that you know of?

Perhaps this summer I will try my hand at home canning. . .

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    michaelmas Mar 1, 2012 01:44 PM

    Milano on St-Laurent has pomi.
    2 or 3 kinds I think (strained and chopped for sure).
    A little pricier than I'd like (I think maybe around $3-4 box) but there really don't seem to be many other BPA-free options.

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      picklebird Mar 1, 2012 01:48 PM

      to answer my own question!

      It looks like Eden's canned tomatoes (pretty readily available here, but also pricey) have a very miniscule amount of BPA:

      Are Eden's canned tomatoes packed in cans with enamel lining that contain bisphenol-A?
      Eden Organic Tomatoes are packed in steel cans coated with a baked on r-enamel lining. Due to the acidity of tomatoes, the lining is epoxy based and may contain a minute amount of bisphenol-A, it is however in the 'non detectable' range according to independent laboratory extraction tests. The test was based on a detection level at 5 ppb (parts per billion).

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        teflontom Mar 1, 2012 02:14 PM

        Any can, whether it is steel or aluminum is lined with epoxy of some type or another to various degrees. Depending on the food, fruit , beverage being put in the can dictates the type and amount which is used. Very simply, the higher the acid of the contents the higher the use of the coating inside the can. Tomatoes, which are a friut and very high in acid need heavier linings Without this lining the acid would eat through the metal within 5 days. I have worked in the metal container industry for for over 30 years in the labaroatory testing exactly the linings/internal coatings you speak of. Without getting scientific, it is virtualy impossible to line the inside of a can without using an epoxy.

        Stick to your original thought, plant a garden and can or freeze the tomatoes. That's what I do, and stay away from high-acid canned foods. It can be risky.

        1. kpzoo Mar 1, 2012 02:19 PM

          What about passata di pomodoro, often sold in bottles at Italian markets (like Milano) or supermarkets in areas with lots of Italians? (such as the Metro on Somerled in NDG)? It's smoother than canned tomatoes, of course, but perhaps another option to consider til you can get that home canning operation under way this summer. ;-)

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            susanharriet Mar 1, 2012 05:04 PM

            I think I have seen Glen Muir tomatoes at La Branche d'Olivier on Wellington in Verdun.

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              artstate Mar 1, 2012 05:22 PM

              Pastene has strained tomatoes in glass bottles/jars.
              It's a bit more expensive than their canned tomato products, but maybe it's cheaper than the other brands.

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                Cinky_organic Mar 7, 2012 06:53 AM

                There is a store at Atwater market (not sure what the name is) that has tomatoes in tetrapak for $1.49 , and tomato paste in the tube.

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                  picklebird Mar 7, 2012 10:54 AM

                  wow. that's a great price! Thanks.

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                    Plateaumaman Mar 8, 2012 05:51 PM

                    I opt for passata jars now which are easy to find in a lot of stores, and find the flavour is great in all the dishes I used to use canned tomatoes. I did also can a lot of fresh tomatoes in jars when they were in season and still have a bag of ripe frozen tomatoes when I want full tomato flavour. Very easy to peel when they have been frozen. I am not sure if tomato paste in a tube has bpa? or tetrapaks.

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                  deadchildstar Mar 8, 2012 05:48 PM

                  I noticed President' Choice has started making San Marzanos in a jar (black label line)... and the place at Atwater - maybe you mean the pasta shop inside, toward the north end of the market (across from coffee place)? I noticed they have the tetrapaks, but they're very small. And tomato paste in the tube I see everywhere!

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