A quick update on my earlier post about where to find BPA-free canned goods. Just a couple of weeks ago, Eden Foods, the makers of BPA-free canned beans, introduced a new, largely BPA-free option -- glass jars of tomatoes and sauce.
Their jars use a special amber-colored glass to help maintain freshness, flavor and nutrients by preventing light from damaging the tomatoes. Although the new jars do still have some BPA in the jar lid, it is separated from the tomatoes by another layer of epoxy (likely also not that good for you) and also by an air space.
Regardless, Eden Foods is definitely heeding the call for more BPA-free options and doing their best to give us safer, healthier products.Thanks, Eden!
To sum up, we now have the following safer options:
Pomi uses Tetra-Pak packaging which contains no PVC. The packages are lined with polyethylene -- one of the safer food-grade plastics. They offer chopped tomatoes, strained tomatoes, marinara sauce and chopped tomatoes with basil.
BioNaturae offers glass jars without BPA in their jar lids (but the jar lids are lined with PVC which is also not so great for humans)-- they offer whole peeled, diced, and crushed tomatoes, as well as tomato paste.
Eden Organics offers glass jars with a little bit of BPA in the lining of the lids (though separated from the tomatoes by a layer of a different plastic) -- they now offer organic spaghetti sauce, no salt spaghetti sauce, pizza & pasta Sauce, crushed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes with sweet basil, and crushed tomatoes with roasted onion & garlic. They also offer a full line of BPA-free canned beans and chilis.
Of course, you can also preserve your own tomatoes in glass jars (though there is undoubtedly some BPA in the lids of home canning jars, too) or freeze them (an entirely BPA-free option!) But this is not really the season for it...
Thanks to Alicia at The Soft Landing and Tree Hugger for the info. You can also read more at Eden Food's web site.
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