According to a new study, not many companies are seeking alternatives to replacing BPA in their packaged foods.
The survey was conducted by sending letters to 20 leading publicly-traded packaged food companies to inquire on the actions they are taking to address concerns over BPA. Fourteen companies responded and the scores were determined based on these responses.
The main findings of the study concluded:
• All companies surveyed use BPA and are taking insufficient steps to move toward alternatives.
• Hain Celestial, Heinz, and Nestlé received the top scores because all three companies are involved in researching and testing of alternatives to BPA and all have plans to phase out the chemical in some products.
• Heinz stands out as a leader as it is the only company surveyed that is currently using an alternative to BPA in some of its can linings.
• Three of the companies that responded to our questions, Del Monte, Hershey, and J.M. Smucker, are not taking action beyond monitoring the industry to identify or implement alternatives to BPA as a packaging material.
Eden Foods is privately held so was not listed in the surevy, however, all their canned foods are BPA-free with the exception of tomatoes which are too acidic for any BPA alternative.
Green Century Capital Management and As You Sow conducted the study and they provide acceptable alternatives to BPA in food packaging. Read the entire article.
What can you do?
Arm yourself with information.
Avoid companies who are not doing anything on the BPA issue, and write letters to them letting them know you will not buy from them until they offer BPA free products
Support companies who are moving to alternatives to BPA by purchasing their BPA-free products
If you need canned foods, opt for Eden Foods, which are BPA free (except tomatoes)
Ditch canned foods and opt for fresh or frozen
View my lists of BPA-free cups, dishes, bottles and more
Never microwave plastic as it could still leach BPA
Write your congressmen and encourage them to support the call to ban BPA altogether.