Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Campbell moving away from cans using chemical BPA

Campbell soup moving away from cans with BPA in linings
Campbell Soup Company said Tuesday that it is transitioning its famous soup cans away from so-called BPA linings to ones made from acrylic or polyester materials.

Eric Strauss reports in NJBIZ today:

The Camden-based food company said the transition, which has been in the works since February 2012, began this month and should be complete by mid-2017. Although the company says linings involving the chemical Bisphenol A have been in use for more than 40 years, heavily studied and regulated, consumer feedback has pushed for alternatives.
Campbell said it has tested hundreds of possible choices for can linings over the past four years, as it needed to ensure any chosen lining would be compatible with such products as tomato-based ingredients, which are naturally acidic.
“Our priority throughout this transition has been, and will continue to be, food safety,” Mike Mulshine, senior program manager, packaging, said in a prepared statement. “We have tested and conducted trials with hundreds of alternatives to BPA lining and believe the acrylic and polyester options will ensure our food remains safe, affordable and tastes great.”
Products using the non-BPA lined cans will include Campbell’s soups, gravies, Swanson brand broths and SpaghettiOs pasta.
Some other products, such as V8 beverages, are undergoing testing to find non-BPA options, Campbell added. Still other products, such as cartons and pouches, do not use BPA in their linings.

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