“Canned” Response

I’m not sure if many of you are aware (I sure wasn’t until recently) but cans of food are lined with BPA. Remember good ‘ole BPA? Yeah…

Here’s the deal with BPA-it’s kind of everywhere. Baby formula? Check. Water bottles? Check. Canned goods? Check. Even organic doesn’t mean a thing if it’s in a BPA-lined container. Sure it’s still a hot button issue on whether or not it IS toxic, but you don’t have to prove to me something is bad for me when it is commonly known in the science community as an endocrine and hormone disruptor which binds to estrogen. I picked up a small book of 152 pages titled The Toxic Consumer: Living Healthy in a Hazardous World. The section on BPA is quite daunting. In fact, it can pass through the placenta if pregnant women ingest it. The argument from proponents of the chemical seem to be “But it’s under the legal threshold” to which I wonder How can a legal threshold be determined with incomplete information and short-term studies based on an arbitrary number? This chemical and it’s effects have not been studied for very long, but I don’t want to wait around for the FDA to change its mind. Enough people are sick and dying and it certainly isn’t the fault of one product, it’s an accumulation of many. In fact, recent studies are finding BPA in small doses to be more dangerous.

This site is what encouraged me to ask the question of Thai Kitchen coconut milk “Do you line your cans with BPA?” and the response is below. I didn’t omit anything.

“September 20, 2011

S Hiller

Dear S Hiller:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. It was so thoughtful of you to pay us a compliment. We always appreciate hearing from our loyal consumers.

We are glad you enjoy using our Thai Kitchen Premium Coconut Milk. The can does contain a liner made of epoxy that includes BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA is chemical) for use along with other chemicals in the production of certain plastics and resins which is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food contact. Some examples are polycarbonate, a clear, rigid, light weight plastic used for beverage bottles and protective epoxy coatings that line the inside of food and drink cans. These protective coatings help maintain the safety and quality of canned foods, by preventing the contents from reacting with the metal that forms the can.

In the Fall of 2007, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the results of a large-scale study that is representative of the US population. The data showed that exposure levels are about 1 million times below the levels where no adverse developmental effects were observed and about 1 thousand times below daily intake levels conservatively set by government bodies in US and Europe .

Recently, concern has been raised regarding the safety of BPA. This is based on some studies which show migration of the chemical, under certain conditions. These conditions include the product in the container being liquid. Heating the liquids in the said container is also a concern. The levels observed have not exceeded any government standards. And conclusions of comprehensive evaluations of the safety of Bisphenol A conducted by independent government and scientific bodies worldwide, have, in every case, supported safe use. All of the containers Simply Asia Foods, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of McCormick and Co. Inc. uses for products comply with the standards for food contact packaging.

If we can be of further assistance, please call us at 1-800-967-8424, Monday through Friday, 9:30AM to 9PM, and weekends 11AM to 7PM Eastern Time. We hope to have the continued pleasure of serving you.

Best Regards,

Mary Lepley

Consumer Affairs Specialist

Ref # 1594496”

I’m very disappointed in their defense of this chemical and no mention of an alternative is made. Many companies are seeking alternatives and the FDA is supporting this in an effort to eliminate BPA altogether. In fact, Eden Organics has been using BPA-free cans for 12 years. Seems like Thai Kitchen may get left in the dust.

Thanks for the canned response Thai Kitchen, but no thanks.

For more on BPA, I have provided some links below.

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About Sarah Hiller

Eco-maniacal! I love learning about food and health, and then sharing! I'm also an aspiring photographer, lover of kale, dogs, yoga, anything fitness, sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and heavy metal. It is my goal to empower and support people through nutrition and attitude. I have an Etsy store you can check out as well www.etsy.com/shop/ironballoon

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