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BPA in Mott’s applesauce containers

Flip over one of Mott’s single-serve applesauce containers and you may find the dreaded #7. I just called Mott’s and they confirmed they do use #7 polycarbonate for some applesauce containers including those in the organic line, but that #1 is also used. #7 of course is polycarbonate, containing bisphenol-a or BPA, a toxic substance known to cause cancer and other serious health problems (see below under “What is Bisphenol A?”.

Mott’s maintains the FDA says #7 is safe, but we know better, don’t we! So, my advice is to either avoid Mott’s (and possibly all single serve applesauce and fruit) or check the bottom each and every time you make a purchase to make sure you are not selecting a #7 container. Sure is frustrating, but hopefully the FDA will come to their senses soon and ban this toxic substance.

I have seen Whole Foods Kids single-serve applesauce in #5 and #7 containers, so it’s an issue apparently not limited to Mott’s. Earth’s Best may also pose the same dilemma.

What is Bisphenol A?
Bisphenol A is a harmful chemical found in polycarbonate plastic which is used to make many popular baby bottles and sippy cups, among other things. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that mimics the action of the human hormone estrogen, which alters our body’s natural pattern. BPA can leach from polycarbonate plastic, usually a hard, clear plastic that is common of many products we use everyday. Effects at even low BPA exposure include prostate cancer, breast cancer, early puberty onset, alterations in gender-specific behavior, decreased sperm count, affects on fertility, behavioral effects including hyperactivity, increased aggressiveness, impaired learning and other changes in behavior, and other problems.

Many companies use this chemical in their packaging including cans, soda cans, and plastic food containers. There is a risk of absorbing this chemical through the use of containing foods and liquids but can also leech into our water systems through landfills.

Many leading experts argue that the use of Bisphenol is safe to the human public but research may begin to further prove otherwise. No level of BPA has been deemed as safe by independent research.

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Gerber Baby Food Containers

I called Gerber after seeing the #7 on the bottom of their containers. #7 usually indicates BPA (bisphenol-A), the harmful substance found in polycarbonate plastics. Look at the bottom of all plastic containers. If the recycle symbol contains a #7, avoid it. Most hard plastics are made from polycarbonate. #7 could also mean the plastic is a combination of 2 other types of plastics. This is the case with Gerber’s baby food containers.

Gerber’s containers do not contain BPA, but that does not mean they are safe. It does say #7 on the bottom, but it is a mix of #1 and #6. #6 is styrofoam, which you still want to avoid. Please see this handout for a guide to safer plastic usage for your family.

The concern for plastic chemicals leaching into foods is heightened when the plastic is heated — regardless of the plastic type. Jarred or canned food is typically heated during the canning process. So, the risk is already there before its on the store shelves. If you heat leftover baby food in this container, you are again increasing the risk for leaching. I would recommend avoiding these Gerber plastic containers.

For baby food, I highly recommend Earth’s Best. It’s organic so you are limiting your baby’s exposure to harmful pesticides and the food comes in a glass jar – the safest type of storage container as it does not leach. Del Monte’s Nature’s Goodness and Beech Nut baby foods also come in glass jars. You can also make your own baby food using organic products. I have used very little Gerber baby food and now I am so glad I did and will avoid it like the plague for future children.

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