Foodmakers Continue Search for BPA-Free Alternatives
Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, has had a lot of bad press lately. Consumer concerns regarding the safety of this potentially dangerous chemical, found in everything from baby bottles to the linings of tuna fish cans, have spurred many foodmakers - including Heinz and Eden Foods - to seek viable alternatives to this toxic, but effective, substance that increases the longevity of canned goods. But surprisingly, companies are now discovering that eliminating BPA from their products is much harder than they initially expected. In one example, laboratory tests are showing low levels of BPA in the tuna contained in Eden Foods' "BPA-free" cans, confusing researchers as to the origin of this insidious chemical. And companies are also facing a significant cost barrier when seeking to remove BPA, as cans lined with oleoresin, a BPA alternative, are 14 percent more expensive to produce. These additional costs are typically passed along to consumers, who may balk at being responsible for absorbing the financial burden of safer packaging. Tricky indeed.
via Washington Post