Recently I posted an article titled 7 Foods Even Food Safety Experts Won’t Eat. Item #1 is canned tomatoes. The linings of cans contain Bisphenol-A (BPA) which has received a lot of attention in recent years. It sparked a discussion on the Facebook page about which tomato cans were now BPA-free. Tomatoes are especially concerning because the acidic nature of the tomatoes can increase the likelihood of toxins leaching from the can.
There was some confusion about Trader Joe’s, so I emailed the company. Here is their response to me on Feb. 19, 2013:
While I am glad they are making strides to rid BPA from their cans, I wonder what it is being replaced with. Some replacements may not be any safer than BPA. And Consumer Reports recommends choosing fresh over canned when possible after finding BPA in many canned products.
Ideally, I avoid canned foods when possible, like cooking my own beans. Tomatoes are difficult. I want to can or freeze my own, but we’ll see how that goes this summer. I have heard the Eden has tomatoes in amber glass jars, but I haven’t found them around here yet. Anyone know where they can be purchased?
Do you avoid BPA where you can? If so, how?
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