Following months of consumer outcry and a plethora of independent studies linking BPA to terrible illnesses, Campbell’s Soup Company has FINALLY announced plans to eliminate the harmful chemical from the lining of its soup cans.
In case you’re unfamiliar, BPA, or bisphenol-A, is a hormone-disrupting chemical that permeates the food and plastics industry. In fact, more than 93 percent of Americans show detectable levels of BPA in their urine due to the substance’s prevalence in food packaging. Canada, China, Malaysia, the European Union and Turkey have already banned the chemical in baby bottles, and Japan has replaced BPA in all can liners.
The announcement means that Campbell’s will join the ranks of companies like Muir Glen, Eden Foods, and Trader Joe’s (all of which eliminated BPA from their products years ago), and Heinz, Hain Celestial, and ConAgra which have publicly committed to phase out the chemical.
Campbell’s Soup Co. spokesman Anthony Sanzio the company has been working on alternatives for five years and will make the transition as soon as “feasible alternatives are available.” Maybe they need to schedule a phone call with Muir Glen, Eden Foods and Trader Joe’s, which seem to have already located those alternatives. Or maybe the key word in that statement is “feasible.” Read: cheap.
BPA-free linings cost more and tend break down in the presence of acidic foods like tomatoes. And as we all know, tomatoes are kind of the bread-and-butter of the Campbell’s brand.
Although it’s good to see that the company is paying attention to consumer feedback and industry pressure, their announcement rings slightly hollow. Soup-lovers still have no idea when the BPA liners will be removed or what will replace them. Until we know for sure, it might be time to brush-up on your homemade soup-making skills.
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