Food Is Not Your Enemy


Is BPA a Problem?
November 24, 2009, 10:14 am
Filed under: food politics, Vegetables | Tags: , , ,

From the December issue of Consumer Reports magazine: “The chemical Bisphenol A, which has been used for years in clear plastic bottles and food-can liners, has been restricted in Canada and some U.S. states and municipalities because of potential health effects. The Food and Drug Administration will soon decide what it considers a safe level of exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), which some studies have linked to reproductive abnormalities and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and heart disease.”

Given this article, I was pretty disturbed to see the following note sent by Muir Glen recently to a member of my family who was concerned about BPA. Muir Glen is a company whose canned organic tomato products I use regularly:

“Thank you for contacting Muir Glen regarding bisphenol-A in food packaging. Bisphenol-A is a critical component of protective coatings used with metal food packaging and provides important quality and safety features to canned foods.

Scientific and government bodies worldwide have examined the scientific evidence and consistently have reached the conclusion that BPA is not a risk to human health. Recent examples include comprehensive risk assessments in Japan and Europe and a review by an independent panel of experts organized by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. The can coatings used in Muir Glen packaging comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements for use in food contact applications. These coatings have long played an essential part in food preservation, helping to maintain wholesomeness, nutritional value, and product quality.

We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that all of the food ingredients and packaging materials we use are fully in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements and meet our high quality standards.

We will continue to monitor this situation. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. Your questions and comments are always welcome. For more information on the safety of metal food containers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration press office may be contacted at (301) 436-2335.”

Sincerely,

Lori Quinn
Consumer Services

Really, Muir Glen? People who buy organic products largely buy them to avoid such questionable compounds as BPA. If other companies can package their products without BPA, so can you. Please stop justifying this.

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Dear Muir Glen, there is a higher standard than the FDA’s. BPA was among the thousands of chemicals “grandfathered in” without any testing. Now that there is solid scientific evidence that BPA is harmful regardless of it’s GRAS standing, the ethical choice would be to remove it from your product’s containers.

Unless, of course, you’re owned by a multi-million dollar corporate entity playing the words “organic” and “natural” for marketshare rather than health. Perhaps I should have started, “Dear Heinz”, my bad.

Comment by Peggy

Muir Glen is owned by General Mills, FYI: http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/brands/brand.aspx?catID=70&groupID=19433

I suppose they’re not as bad as Dean Foods, but I really don’t think they’re that different, either. Food manufacturers answer FIRST to Wall Street.

Comment by Psychic Lunch

This is so frustrating. Am I the only one who sometimes wants to move to the country and live off the land?

Comment by Cheryl

In my retirement/future I will live off the land. Unfortunately, I lost all of my organic tomatoes this year (the blight) so no home-canned tomatoes. After reading the article in Consumer Reports I kind of panicked. Now I am looking for jarred or boxed tomatoes (not a finished pasta sauce) that is also affordable. I heard Trader Joe’s carries a boxed variety but not when I was there the last few times.

I’m glad I’m not the only one who found Muir Glen’s reply outrageous.

Comment by lena

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