from: Consumer Services-Help
date: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 4:58 PM
subject Re: General Mills can coating
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a critical component of protective coatings widely used in metal food packaging to help preserve food and maintain its nutritional value and quality. Most canned food and beverage products on the market today use BPA in the can lining or can lid.
Scientific and governmental bodies worldwide have examined the science and concluded that the weight of evidence continues to support the safety of BPA, including comprehensive risk assessments in Japan and in the European Union. While studies continue, food safety regulators are not recommending any specific changes or actions in can lining applications, including those using BPA.
General Mills uses can coatings that fully comply with all applicable global requirements for safe use in food contact materials. But we know that some consumers would like us to pursue alternatives – and we are working intensively with our can suppliers and manufacturers to develop and test linings that do not use BPA. While alternatives have not been identified for all types of foods, we did identify a safe, viable alternative for our tomato products under the Muir Glen brand. We began transitioning those to the alternative cans with the fall 2010 tomato harvest.
With other alternatives currently being tested, we are optimistic that new options will be identified in time. When viable alternative prove safe and effective for other products, we would expect can suppliers and the food industry – in response to consumer interest – to convert to alternative coatings.
General Mills Consumer Services
Ok, that's progress, I think. I'm happy to see that they have identified a safe alternative to BPA for their Muir Glen tomatoes. Before this became an issue for me, Muir Glen was the canned tomato of choice in my household and the product that I miss the most from my canned food boycott. Now to identify which ones on the shelf are from the 2010 harvest and I will be all set. If they will continue their pursuit on making their products as safe as they can be for consumers, we will all be on the road to improving our health. That is the only response that I've gotten so far. Let's see what happens going forward.
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