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Canned Tomatoes and BPA

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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BPA-free Canned Food Options | The Soft Landing

Updated 1/31/12

We’ve talked extensively about BPA-based epoxy linings commonly used in aluminum cans, especially in regards to finding BPA-free tomatoes.  It was a difficult task because of their acidic nature, but we finally found Pomi.  Not even Eden Organics, the leader of the pack, has found a way to go BPA-free in the canned tomato category just yet.

During our tomato treasure hunt, we gathered a decent sized list of all BPA-free canned foods currently available.  Hopefully this list will continue to grow with the possibility of new BPA-free lining alternatives like this one made from sugar.

BPA-free Canned Food Options

  • Eden organic beans (all of them, including chili, rice & beans, etc.).  UPDATE 1/20/11:  Eden Foods Finds a Better Solution to BPA-lined Cans for Tomatoes and Sauces
  • Trader Joe’s canned corn, beans, meat products, canned fruits and vegetables (including tomatoes, and organic pumpkin (as of 2012) but NOT mandarins, hatch chilies, artichokes, organic baked beans).  All canned soups and stews are still in BPA lined cans
  • Vital Choice Seafood (salmon, albacore tuna, sardines and mackerel;  they test for all endocrine disruptors, not just BPA)
  • Muir Glen tomatoes (We confirmed with Muir Glen in December 2011 that all of last season’s tomatoes have been transitioned to BPA-free cans)
  • Bionaturae Tomato Paste and Strained Tomatoes (the products packaged in glass jars only; lids are lined with a BPA-free epoxy)
  • Aseptic packaging (like Tetra Pak cartons/bricks) are also BPA-free.  These packages are made of 70% paperboard combined with aluminum foil and thin layers of LDPE (low density polyethylene) for the food contact surface.  Read about BPA-free Pomi tomatoes in aseptic packaging here.
  • Oregon’s Choice (6oz lightly salted albacore and the company is working toward going BPA-free with their crab and shrimp too)
  • Wild Planet (5oz skipjack tuna and its 5oz albacore tuna)
  • Native Forest/Native Factor (all canned foods, including the only canned coconut milk that uses a BPA-free can – which happens to the brand I’ve been using for years – yeah!)
  • Crown Prince (see full list here)
  • Hunt’s Tomatoes (plain tomatoes only)
  • Nature’s One Organic powdered baby formula

Fresh produce and dried beans are still your best bet.  Frozen produce is a good second choice because they’re usually harvested when ripe, heated for a shorter time and immediately frozen.

P.S.  We recently spoke to Two Guys in Vermont and they make tomato products that come in glass jars and although the lids do contain BPA though there is a lining that separates between.

Mommy to a wonderful 2 year old boy and a baby boy! Married to my best friend for 5+ years!


by on Feb. 2, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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by on Feb. 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM
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Fortunately I'm able to can my own for the most part, we eat very little out of an actual can.

by on Feb. 2, 2012 at 4:02 PM

We too try to steer away from canned food. Though some days I do use a can of tomatoes or olives for my recipes. 

by on Feb. 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM
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We don't eat much canned food either. I'm hoping this summer I'll be able to grow and can some tomatoes to make up for the little we do use.

by on Feb. 2, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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I spend a lot of time canning veggies (and other goodies), so we rarely have to buy the canned from the store. I grow a lot of our own, but we also join a local organic CSA every year so we have enough fresh to eat and plently to can for the off season months.
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by Jill - Admin on Feb. 2, 2012 at 9:49 PM
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We are canned food free now=) I'd rather eat fresh veggies etc any day. My hubby makes awesome black refried beans
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