Which Canned Foods Still Contain BPA?

Is BPA lurking in your canned tuna or chili beans? It could be – but you’d probably never know about it. Food companies that use BPA don’t have to tell you.

As you may already know, this toxic chemical, whose scientific name is bisphenol-A, is embedded into the lining of many brands of canned food, as well as beverages like soda. BPA has been linked to a wide variety of serious health impacts, including reproductive problems, developmental disorders, heart disease and cancer. BPA also mimics estrogen hormones and can wreak havoc on human endocrine systems. Plus, people may metabolize BPA in such a way that it turnsinto a compound that might spur obesity, reports Health Canada. When it is present in the lining of a food can, the concern is that it could leach out into the food itself.

More than 44 percent of canned food brands use BPA – but as a consumer, you’ll have a tough time figuring out which ones. That’s because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the federal agency that regulates the food industry, does not require companies to disclose whether their can linings contain the chemical. BPA has been banned for baby bottles, but canned food manufacturers can still use it.

Environmental Working Group has come to the rescue by surveying 250 canned brands and reporting on which ones use the chemical and which ones don’t. Among the offenders are: Armour, Bush’s, Carnation, Chef Boyardee, Chi-Chi’s, Del Monte, Dinty Moore, Eagle Brand, Green Giant, Healthy Choice, Hormel, La Choy, Libby’s, Marie Callender’s, Musselman’s, Ocean Spray, Progresso, Thai Kitchen, VanCamp’s, and Wolfgang Puck Organic Soups.

Fortunately, 31 brands use BPA-free linings for all their canned products. Those include Amy’s, Annie’s Homegrown, Bearitos, Earth’s Best Organic, Health Valley, Juanita’s, Muir Glen, Tyson, and Walnut Acres. You can see the complete list here.

What if BPA-free brands are not available?

1) Buy fresh food instead. Yes, canned food is slightly more convenient, and saves a little time. But fresh food tastes better and contains more nutrients. Plus, you won’t have to throw away a can.

2) Buy frozen food, too. Frozen and canned foods are generally comparable in price, but again, frozen food tastes better than canned. Bonus: while canned food usually contains high amounts of sodium, frozen food generally does not.

3) “Can” your own. Preserve fresh food yourself in glass jars to put aside your own sauces, fruits and vegetables.

4) Buy food in glass jars. You can get olives, tomato sauces, salad dressing, juice, and many other foods packaged in glass.

5) Rinse the food you use out of a can. Obviously, you can’t do that for soup or juice or soda. But canned corn or beans? Pour them into a colander and rinse under running water for a couple of minutes. That will definitely help get rid of the sodium found in most canned foods, and might help with the BPA as well.

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Mike R
Mike R8 months ago

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R9 months ago

OOPS!! I meant to type thank you for posting this article.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R9 months ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S10 months ago

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Sway D
Sway D1 years ago

Your article is in direct opposition of Chef Boyardee stating they have no BPA: http://www.conagrabrands.com/news-room/news-conagra-foods-removes-bpa-from-cans-across-portfolio-2072842

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Julia Cabrera-Woscek

Fresh or frozen but for the people who live in hurricane alley can is great for the six month reserve.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C3 years ago

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Siyus C3 years ago

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Sarah H3 years ago

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Nikki Davey3 years ago

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