I shop at Trader Joe’s quite a bit, so when a friend of mine sent me this email she received back from their Web Relations department about the BPA situation in many of their products, I read it with great interest.
What’s BPA? Here’s a background article on BPA as it relates to coconut milk cans, written by Chris Kresser of The Healthy Skeptic.
I thought I’d share. Please note the date of this interaction and the future actions that TJ’s suppliers say they will be taking…as in, this situation is not likely the way it always will be.
From: Web Customer Relations
To: —— ——-
Subject: RE: Trader Joe’s Product Information Form
Sent: Jul 20, 2011 2:07 PM
Thank you for contacting us. Here is the deal with BPA. First, regarding Tetra, all Tetra Pak is BPA-free.
Second, every glass jar item has a metal lid. All metal lids do have a layer of BPA coating. However, there is another coating put on after that. There is no direct contact of BPA to food. We have multiple supplier testing results showing there is no BPA detected from metal lids.
All our canned fish (and our canned chicken and beef too) are now in BPA-free cans EXCEPT: Sardines, Crab, Cherrystone Clams & Oysters (our suppliers are working for a 2012 solution).
All our canned fruits and vegetables (including tomatoes, and the Organic Canned Pumpkin when it returns this Fall) are in BPA-free cans EXCEPT: Mandarins, Hatch Chilies, Artichokes, Organic Baked Beans (expecting transition this Fall).
All of our canned Soups and Stews (and including Joe’s Os) are in cans that DO have BPA. Some of our suppliers are expecting they will be able to make transition next year.
Lastly, Coconut Milk is in a BPA-free can.
My two cents. I could care less about coconut milk. I find it causes me a mild nausea that I really don’t care for. The one issue I have with the above products was their sardines are in BPA-lined cans. I will have to find a new option!