Comprehensive Safe and Natural Baby Food Guide

Comprehensive Safe and Natural Baby Food Guide

Concern about the harmful effects of bisphenol-a (BPA) in polycarbonate plastic baby feeding gear spread like wildfire almost 10 years ago. So much parent-fury ensued that manufacturers were absolutely forced into removing it from their products. It seems now that only the archaic, irrelevant companies still use BPA (or polycarbonate) plastic packaging for food products.

Unfortunately, BPA is still commonly found in epoxy resins used for protective linings in canned food, ready-to-feed infant canned formula, and metal lids of baby food jars. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found such widespread exposure to BPA may result in levels of up to 11 times higher in infants than in adults. Thankfully, our exposure has been greatly minimized due to the BPA-culling of recent years.

Reducing Toxic Chemical Exposure in Baby Food

Lowering our children's body burden is a necessity, so avoiding common toxic chemicals in food packaging is an important step. And considering the chemical industry used to pump out more than 7 billion pounds of bisphenol-a every year, it's important to keep our eyes open for the newer unknown chemicals that are constantly popping up – the industry is infamous for it.

That's why we like to stick with what we know. There are a group of materials that have been proven stable and are much safer alternatives to toxic plastics like polycarbonate, PVC, polystyrene and unknown #7 plastics. We also avoid certain metals like aluminum and opt for stainless steel instead, and we know that as long as a product is made of glass, polypropylene, LDPE, HDPE or PET, we're pretty much good to go.

If you'd like to learn more about plastics, check out our guide to Decoding the Mystery of Safer vs Toxic Plastic for further information on what to look for and what to avoid.

And if you need more information on baby formula, please review the Environmental Working Group's helpful Guide to Infant Formula. The basic rule of finding safe containers of commercially-prepared formula is to opt for the plastic jugs (look for recycling codes #1, 2, 4 and 5), and avoid the cans that likely have a BPA lining.

Commercially-Prepared Baby Food in Safe Containers

A Note About Gerber Baby Food Containers

Gerber uses #7  plastic for its baby food containers which is normally a recycling code we recommend avoiding due to the probability it's made of questionable (even unknown) ingredients. We called to clarify this information and confirmed that Gerber containers are actually made of a 3-layer plastic.

The outer layer is #6 polystyrene, the middle layer is #7 ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH, copolymer of ethylene and vinyl alcohol), and the third layer that actually touches the food is #2 HDPE. Polystyrene is a material we recommend avoiding, but it's said the EVOH is used to prevent migration of the polystyrene into the food, and HDPE is a safer and very stable plastic, so this could work in theory. But does it? We can't say for sure at this point.

Gerber is also in the process of switching any remaining glass baby food jars to this 3-layer plastic.

Safe Containers for Homemade Baby Food

We do recommend making your own baby food if possible and storing it in reusable containers. The following list of baby food containers is confirmed to be made of safer materials.

Safe Baby Food Makers

The following is a list of baby food makers and mills made without #3, 6 and 7 plastics on food-contact surfaces.

Other Helpful TSL Safe Product Guides

Have we missed any brands that you know of?  If so, leave a comment and let us know!

Updated 8/26/16

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90 Responses to Comprehensive Safe and Natural Baby Food Guide

  1. Johanna February 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    WOW. We avoid plastic like it’s the plague, but some of the safest choices listed above are plastic! We make our own babyfood [with the Fresh Baby trays], but have purchased some EBs jarred products for cross country travel. We knew all along glass jar lids were coated, but chose them because of recyclability/reusability for crafts, storage, etc… even still we never knew what to do with the metal lids. Maybe we’ll switch to these other brands if the entire package is recyclable… some food for thought. Thank you!

  2. Johanna February 3, 2009 at 6:04 am #

    WOW. We avoid plastic like it’s the plague, but some of the safest choices listed above are plastic! We make our own babyfood [with the Fresh Baby trays], but have purchased some EBs jarred products for cross country travel. We knew all along glass jar lids were coated, but chose them because of recyclability/reusability for crafts, storage, etc… even still we never knew what to do with the metal lids. Maybe we’ll switch to these other brands if the entire package is recyclable… some food for thought. Thank you!

  3. Sarah Jo February 3, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    shocking. i also made/make my own food. but there were occasions that i bought earth’s best in the jars for travel. here i was consciously buying the glass as to avoid bpa in any of the plastic brands. i even snubbed gerber organic in the plastic container when my mom tried to give it to me. sorry, gerber. proves to making your own is the safest bet.

  4. Sarah Jo February 3, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    shocking. i also made/make my own food. but there were occasions that i bought earth’s best in the jars for travel. here i was consciously buying the glass as to avoid bpa in any of the plastic brands. i even snubbed gerber organic in the plastic container when my mom tried to give it to me. sorry, gerber. proves to making your own is the safest bet.

  5. David Schiff February 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    but I still have problems wrapping my arms around the idea that plastic containers bpa free or not are better than glass (with lids that contain trace amounts of bpa – any thoughts?)

  6. David Schiff February 3, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    but I still have problems wrapping my arms around the idea that plastic containers bpa free or not are better than glass (with lids that contain trace amounts of bpa – any thoughts?)

  7. Kari February 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    Hey all,

    I noticed yesterday that the container for the Gerber Graduates Pasta Pick-Ups are made with #7 plastic. I don’t believe that would be BPA free. Does anyone have any insight into this?

    Thanks a bunch!

  8. Kari February 3, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    Hey all,

    I noticed yesterday that the container for the Gerber Graduates Pasta Pick-Ups are made with #7 plastic. I don’t believe that would be BPA free. Does anyone have any insight into this?

    Thanks a bunch!

  9. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Hi Kari,

    The #7 plastic is a confusing issue for sure! So much so, that we wrote an article addressing Gerber Graduates – you can read it here.

    Basically, the Gerber plastic containers are made from a #7 plastic, but the plastic does not contain BPA. They use a layered type of plastic, which combines two recycling categories (which are both BPA-free). The layering causes this plastic to end up in the “other” category #7.

    Recycling codes should only be used as a guideline for those times when you don’t have any info from the manufacturer on what specific types of plastic is used.

    Hope that helps shed some light on it,

    Alicia

  10. Trisha February 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Great list. According to Gerber, their containers are made from #1 and #6 (polystyrene, which is on the plastics to avoid list). Even if the plasic containers are BPA free, does not mean the are still safe. Parents should contact the manufacturer when the are not certain what the plastic is made of. I called Gerber multiple times. Sometimes they said the containers were made from 1 and 6, and other times 2 and 6. but always #6.

    http://amomsblog.wordpress.com/2007/12/20/bpa-in-gerber-baby-food-containers/

    I need to go back and check, but I want to say I heard from Heinz last year and the lids did contain BPA. Of course that was a year ago and I’d need to follow up.

    Trisha

  11. Trisha February 3, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    Great list. According to Gerber, their containers are made from #1 and #6 (polystyrene, which is on the plastics to avoid list). Even if the plasic containers are BPA free, does not mean the are still safe. Parents should contact the manufacturer when the are not certain what the plastic is made of. I called Gerber multiple times. Sometimes they said the containers were made from 1 and 6, and other times 2 and 6. but always #6.

    http://amomsblog.wordpress.com/2007/12/20/bpa-in-gerber-baby-food-containers/

    I need to go back and check, but I want to say I heard from Heinz last year and the lids did contain BPA. Of course that was a year ago and I’d need to follow up.

    Trisha

  12. Adriane February 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    What about containers for freezing homemade baby food- specifically Baby Cubes? Are they BPA-free? I’ve heard conflicting reports.

  13. Adriane February 3, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    What about containers for freezing homemade baby food- specifically Baby Cubes? Are they BPA-free? I’ve heard conflicting reports.

  14. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Hi Trisha,

    I really appreciate your input!

    While it’s true that some Gerber containers are made using polystyrene (PS) plastic in combination with other plastics, I’m not aware of research that specifically addresses leaching of styrene from its firm PS form, rather than its foam form (Styrofoam).

    I’ve searched high and low for info on firm PS and just haven’t been able to find any concrete evidence showing that styrene actually leaches from it. There is some information on styrene leaching from Styrofoam, which is unstable and breaks down easily with heat and high fat foods.

    I’ve also searched for info on other plastic combinations using styrene components, such as SAN and ABS and haven’t been able to locate any hard evidence of styrene leaching from those plastics yet either.

    I do understand that styrene is harmful during production, but as for leaching from a plastic resin combination, I’m just not yet convinced.

    Have you found any concrete evidence of a leaching occurrence? I would really appreciate any input you have on that.

    Thanks again for your valuable feedback,

    Alicia

  15. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Adriane,

    Yes, Baby Cubes are definitely BPA-free (see our article on them here). And you can freeze them as well.

    Alicia

  16. Christine February 3, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    Does the brand “organic baby” distributed by United Natural Foods, Inc. and sold in stores like Whole Foods contain BPA in the lids of their jarred baby food? Also, that raises another question about jarred fruits such as peaches & pears under the Del Monte label that are sold in most supermarkets.

  17. Christine February 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    Does the brand “organic baby” distributed by United Natural Foods, Inc. and sold in stores like Whole Foods contain BPA in the lids of their jarred baby food? Also, that raises another question about jarred fruits such as peaches & pears under the Del Monte label that are sold in most supermarkets.

  18. Jen Harper February 3, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

    Thanks for the list! I’ve been feeding my daughter organic baby foods from jars thinking they were the safest… I’m just so disappointed in our government for not having more stringent testing BEFORE products/chemicals are approved. The article from FastCompany was mind-blowing. Who would have thought to check the type of mouse the study was done on! Just shows how the big chemical giants do things to cover their butts at the expense of our health. So disappointing. But thanks for helping us make BETTER choices!

  19. Jen Harper February 3, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    Thanks for the list! I’ve been feeding my daughter organic baby foods from jars thinking they were the safest… I’m just so disappointed in our government for not having more stringent testing BEFORE products/chemicals are approved. The article from FastCompany was mind-blowing. Who would have thought to check the type of mouse the study was done on! Just shows how the big chemical giants do things to cover their butts at the expense of our health. So disappointing. But thanks for helping us make BETTER choices!

  20. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm #

    That’s a good question, Christine. We haven’t contacted United Natural Foods yet, so can’t help you there. We’ll be working our way through some of the other foods out there packaged in glass with metal lids in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you may want contact manufacturers of the brands you use regularly to find out their BPA status.

    Alicia

  21. Katy February 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    I have been making my own food and freezing it in silicone cube trays, hoping to avoid the plastic. I thought since silicone is in teethers it should be safer. What about home canning jar lids, would they have BPA too?

    Thanks,

    Katy

  22. Katy February 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm #

    I have been making my own food and freezing it in silicone cube trays, hoping to avoid the plastic. I thought since silicone is in teethers it should be safer. What about home canning jar lids, would they have BPA too?

    Thanks,

    Katy

  23. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi Kari,

    The #7 plastic is a confusing issue for sure! So much so, that we wrote an article addressing Gerber Graduates – you can read it here.

    Basically, the Gerber plastic containers are made from a #7 plastic, but the plastic does not contain BPA. They use a layered type of plastic, which combines two recycling categories (which are both BPA-free). The layering causes this plastic to end up in the “other” category #7.

    Recycling codes should only be used as a guideline for those times when you don’t have any info from the manufacturer on what specific types of plastic is used.

    Hope that helps shed some light on it,

    Alicia

  24. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi Trisha,

    I really appreciate your input!

    While it’s true that some Gerber containers are made using polystyrene (PS) plastic in combination with other plastics, I’m not aware of research that specifically addresses leaching of styrene from its firm PS form, rather than its foam form (Styrofoam).

    I’ve searched high and low for info on firm PS and just haven’t been able to find any concrete evidence showing that styrene actually leaches from it. There is some information on styrene leaching from Styrofoam, which is unstable and breaks down easily with heat and high fat foods.

    I’ve also searched for info on other plastic combinations using styrene components, such as SAN and ABS and haven’t been able to locate any hard evidence of styrene leaching from those plastics yet either.

    I do understand that styrene is harmful during production, but as for leaching from a plastic resin combination, I’m just not yet convinced.

    Have you found any concrete evidence of a leaching occurrence? I would really appreciate any input you have on that.

    Thanks again for your valuable feedback,

    Alicia

  25. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    Hi Adriane,

    Yes, Baby Cubes are definitely BPA-free (see our article on them here). And you can freeze them as well.

    Alicia

  26. softlanding
    softlanding February 3, 2009 at 10:32 pm #

    That’s a good question, Christine. We haven’t contacted United Natural Foods yet, so can’t help you there. We’ll be working our way through some of the other foods out there packaged in glass with metal lids in the next few weeks. In the meantime, you may want contact manufacturers of the brands you use regularly to find out their BPA status.

    Alicia

  27. Gail Vina February 4, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    What about store brand, such as Randall’s/Kroger’s O Organics jars. I am assuming BPA like the other glass jars, like in the lid? Do the food test negative like Earth’s Best, etc.

  28. Gail Vina February 4, 2009 at 9:29 am #

    What about store brand, such as Randall’s/Kroger’s O Organics jars. I am assuming BPA like the other glass jars, like in the lid? Do the food test negative like Earth’s Best, etc.

  29. softlanding
    softlanding February 4, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks for suggesting the Kroger brand. We’ll be contacting them this week and will post our findings on those for you too.

    Alicia

  30. Amy February 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    I had been using Earth’s Best jarred food and powdered formula for my daughter for the past 2 months. I thought I had covered all my bases in the department of BPA, but had no idea about the lids or the peel away top to the formula can. Are all peel away tops this way? What would you suggest we use, since powdered is supposed to be better than liquid. Additionally, do you know if the Naturally Preferred Brand is safe? I think this might be a Kroger brand.

    thanks so much!

  31. Amy February 4, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    I had been using Earth’s Best jarred food and powdered formula for my daughter for the past 2 months. I thought I had covered all my bases in the department of BPA, but had no idea about the lids or the peel away top to the formula can. Are all peel away tops this way? What would you suggest we use, since powdered is supposed to be better than liquid. Additionally, do you know if the Naturally Preferred Brand is safe? I think this might be a Kroger brand.

    thanks so much!

  32. Boo February 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    When I called Gerber about their #7 plastic, they said the plastic layer that is in contact with the food is a #1, and #6 is on the outside.

    Also, what about the brand Healthy Times? The food comes in jars.

    Thanks for helping all of the concerned moms out here…including me!

  33. Boo February 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    When I called Gerber about their #7 plastic, they said the plastic layer that is in contact with the food is a #1, and #6 is on the outside.

    Also, what about the brand Healthy Times? The food comes in jars.

    Thanks for helping all of the concerned moms out here…including me!

  34. Carolyn February 4, 2009 at 8:11 pm #

    Wow. I really feel like banging my head against the wall. I too have been insisting on using glass jars rather than plastic to avoid BPA. Thanks so much for opening my eyes!

    Do you know anything about the single serving plastic pots of applesauce (and similar mixed fruit sauces)? Are there any brands that are BPA free? I’m in Canada, and have contacted president’s choice about their organic toddler ones, and was told they are BPA free, but now I can’t find them anymore.

    Anyone know about the other brands?

  35. Carolyn February 4, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Wow. I really feel like banging my head against the wall. I too have been insisting on using glass jars rather than plastic to avoid BPA. Thanks so much for opening my eyes!

    Do you know anything about the single serving plastic pots of applesauce (and similar mixed fruit sauces)? Are there any brands that are BPA free? I’m in Canada, and have contacted president’s choice about their organic toddler ones, and was told they are BPA free, but now I can’t find them anymore.

    Anyone know about the other brands?

  36. softlanding
    softlanding February 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

    Hi Gail,

    Thanks for suggesting the Kroger brand. We’ll be contacting them this week and will post our findings on those for you too.

    Alicia

  37. Sarah February 6, 2009 at 1:25 am #

    I am so disappointed to read that Earth’s Best has BPA in the lids! I assumed it would be safe and I am so upset that I didn’t think about the lids. Regardless of what they “say” is safe, how can we believe them? After all the “research” out there manipulated to try and keep these chemicals in use, we can’t believe anyone anymore. Share on you Earth’s Best! And all the others… One note to keep things in perspective though. A friend the other day saw a young mother feeding Popeye’s Chicken gravy to her baby. We should all be so thankful that we can even think to afford the organic and safe plastics that we buy and that we are knowledgeable enough to know what is healthy for our babies. I would love to see sites like this do more to get the word out to underprivileged families about safer products and healthier food. We all know that we’ve “donated to charity” things that we deemed not safe enough for our own home. Food for though. Softlanding, thank you for your amazing work, I could not keep all this information organized if it weren’t for you!

  38. Sarah February 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    I am so disappointed to read that Earth’s Best has BPA in the lids! I assumed it would be safe and I am so upset that I didn’t think about the lids. Regardless of what they “say” is safe, how can we believe them? After all the “research” out there manipulated to try and keep these chemicals in use, we can’t believe anyone anymore. Share on you Earth’s Best! And all the others… One note to keep things in perspective though. A friend the other day saw a young mother feeding Popeye’s Chicken gravy to her baby. We should all be so thankful that we can even think to afford the organic and safe plastics that we buy and that we are knowledgeable enough to know what is healthy for our babies. I would love to see sites like this do more to get the word out to underprivileged families about safer products and healthier food. We all know that we’ve “donated to charity” things that we deemed not safe enough for our own home. Food for though. Softlanding, thank you for your amazing work, I could not keep all this information organized if it weren’t for you!

  39. Tiffany February 6, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    It is disappointing to learn of BPA in lids used for canning glass jars. However, I don’t think we should all jump to other forms of plastic and clam them as safe.There are many studies showing the leaching of antimony from #1 plastic (polyethylene terephthalate) and antimony has been well documented in having adverse health effects. Even “safe” #5 plastic (polyprophylene) has recently caught the eyes of scientist when a study published in the Journal Science showed the plastic to leach oleamide and completly skew lab results http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/322/5903/917.

    As for polystyrene The following is a study from 1976 showing styrene to leach from yogurt cups:

    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1475240&blobtype=pdf

    The research on plastics and their impact on human health and development is still in its infancy and BPA is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Just think of what plastic really is (oil and natural gas with additives to give strength, shape, durability, and flexibility) and remember that many parents are in anguish over not knowing about BPA just a few years ago. The ideal is to play it safe and go with time tested materials. I don’t think there are any clear winners here other than making your own baby food and storing in glass or sanitary grade stainless steel containers.

    Apart from the ideal, the baby food itself should be tested for substances known to leach (e.g., antimony from PET, oleamide from polyprophylene, alkylphenols and styrene from polystyrene).

  40. softlanding
    softlanding February 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi Tiffany,

    Thank you for your insightful input!

    I completely agree that manufacturers testing baby food for evidence of BPA and other chemicals would be a great help (so long as they provide those results to our governing bodies for certification). There are also options besides BPA epoxy for lining the metal lids and canned foods, and I hope to spur manufactures on to begin locating and using them. My goal here is to make parents aware so they can make informed decisions about what the products they buy.

    I’ve never seen the study you pointed out on rigid PS (I appreciate you linking to it), although I have reviewed the study regarding oleamide leaching from polypropylene. I realize that we’ll likely never see a world without plastic, so instead of throwing out whole categories based on one or two studies, I choose to remain aware of research mounting enough credible evidence harm that it necessitates avoidance (as in BPA, PVC and phthalates).

    We may very likely see more proof of harm caused by PS and oleamide in the coming year as more focus is placed on plastics research and their effects on humans. And I’m absolutely sure you’re right in saying that BPA represents the tip of the iceberg . . .

    Sincerely,

    Alicia

  41. Tiffany February 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    It is disappointing to learn of BPA in lids used for canning glass jars. However, I don’t think we should all jump to other forms of plastic and clam them as safe.There are many studies showing the leaching of antimony from #1 plastic (polyethylene terephthalate) and antimony has been well documented in having adverse health effects. Even “safe” #5 plastic (polyprophylene) has recently caught the eyes of scientist when a study published in the Journal Science showed the plastic to leach oleamide and completly skew lab results http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/322/5903/917.

    As for polystyrene The following is a study from 1976 showing styrene to leach from yogurt cups:

    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/picrender.fcgi?artid=1475240&blobtype=pdf

    The research on plastics and their impact on human health and development is still in its infancy and BPA is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Just think of what plastic really is (oil and natural gas with additives to give strength, shape, durability, and flexibility) and remember that many parents are in anguish over not knowing about BPA just a few years ago. The ideal is to play it safe and go with time tested materials. I don’t think there are any clear winners here other than making your own baby food and storing in glass or sanitary grade stainless steel containers.

    Apart from the ideal, the baby food itself should be tested for substances known to leach (e.g., antimony from PET, oleamide from polyprophylene, alkylphenols and styrene from polystyrene).

  42. softlanding
    softlanding February 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Tiffany,

    Thank you for your insightful input!

    I completely agree that manufacturers testing baby food for evidence of BPA and other chemicals would be a great help (so long as they provide those results to our governing bodies for certification). There are also options besides BPA epoxy for lining the metal lids and canned foods, and I hope to spur manufactures on to begin locating and using them. My goal here is to make parents aware so they can make informed decisions about what the products they buy.

    I’ve never seen the study you pointed out on rigid PS (I appreciate you linking to it), although I have reviewed the study regarding oleamide leaching from polypropylene. I realize that we’ll likely never see a world without plastic, so instead of throwing out whole categories based on one or two studies, I choose to remain aware of research mounting enough credible evidence harm that it necessitates avoidance (as in BPA, PVC and phthalates).

    We may very likely see more proof of harm caused by PS and oleamide in the coming year as more focus is placed on plastics research and their effects on humans. And I’m absolutely sure you’re right in saying that BPA represents the tip of the iceberg . . .

    Sincerely,

    Alicia

  43. Cathy Kim February 8, 2009 at 9:21 pm #

    just wanted to note that stonyfield farm’s yobaby yogurt has a recycling code of 6. ..

  44. Cathy Kim February 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    just wanted to note that stonyfield farm’s yobaby yogurt has a recycling code of 6. ..

  45. Erika February 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    Thanks for this helpful article. I recall trying to contact Heinz recently and think they don’t make baby food anymore ( or maybe it’s just organic baby food that they don’t make).

  46. Erika February 10, 2009 at 6:40 am #

    Thanks for this helpful article. I recall trying to contact Heinz recently and think they don’t make baby food anymore ( or maybe it’s just organic baby food that they don’t make).

  47. Amy February 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    NOTE: the ‘layering’ referred to for the lids is similar to what Gerber suggests for their plastic containers…I am still inclined to use glass jars and use caution with re-use because of possible degradation of lid linings. I also notice that the lids barely have any coating, only on the outer rim for threading of the lids to secure them onto the jars so really no contact with food. Still prefer glass vs. plastic

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Earth’s Best Baby Food. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and appreciate your patronage.

    At The Hain Celestial Group, we maintain an uncompromising commitment to the health and safety of our consumers, especially babies and toddlers. Recent attention has been given to claims from various groups that consumers should be wary of food and beverage packaging containing Bisphenol A (“BPA”), which is a component that has been used in packaging and protective coatings for over 50 years. We are taking these claims very seriously.

    Although BPA has long been approved for use by international regulatory bodies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), we appreciate the public’s concern over recently published conflicting reports regarding its safety. All of our products are well below government limitations for exposure and we support ongoing research in this area.

    Most of our products do not contain any BPA in our packaging, Our Earth’s Best Organic jarred foods do include a metal lid which has two layers of coating to ensure product safety and nutritional integrity. The coating that comes in contact with the contents of the jar does not contain BPA. Underneath that layer lies a second coating which adheres to the inside of the metal lid and does contain trace amounts of BPA, but which does not come in contact with the contents of the jar.

    Currently, there are no commercial alternatives available to these lids, but we are working with our packaging suppliers to evaluate alternate BPA-free coatings. In the interim it is critical that product and package integrity be maintained for safety using current lids. We will continue our efforts to produce the most nutritious, best-tasting, and safest foods possible for babies and children.

    Thank you for your continued support. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-434-4246, Monday through Friday from 7AM – 5PM Mountain Time.

    Kristen

    Consumer Response Representative

    • Emily June 5, 2013 at 10:51 am #

      Clarification appreciated! And it’s very heartening to know you are looking into alternative BPA-free methods for your lids.

  48. Amy February 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    NOTE: the ‘layering’ referred to for the lids is similar to what Gerber suggests for their plastic containers…I am still inclined to use glass jars and use caution with re-use because of possible degradation of lid linings. I also notice that the lids barely have any coating, only on the outer rim for threading of the lids to secure them onto the jars so really no contact with food. Still prefer glass vs. plastic

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Earth’s Best Baby Food. We strive to maintain the highest quality products and appreciate your patronage.

    At The Hain Celestial Group, we maintain an uncompromising commitment to the health and safety of our consumers, especially babies and toddlers. Recent attention has been given to claims from various groups that consumers should be wary of food and beverage packaging containing Bisphenol A (“BPA”), which is a component that has been used in packaging and protective coatings for over 50 years. We are taking these claims very seriously.

    Although BPA has long been approved for use by international regulatory bodies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), we appreciate the public’s concern over recently published conflicting reports regarding its safety. All of our products are well below government limitations for exposure and we support ongoing research in this area.

    Most of our products do not contain any BPA in our packaging, Our Earth’s Best Organic jarred foods do include a metal lid which has two layers of coating to ensure product safety and nutritional integrity. The coating that comes in contact with the contents of the jar does not contain BPA. Underneath that layer lies a second coating which adheres to the inside of the metal lid and does contain trace amounts of BPA, but which does not come in contact with the contents of the jar.

    Currently, there are no commercial alternatives available to these lids, but we are working with our packaging suppliers to evaluate alternate BPA-free coatings. In the interim it is critical that product and package integrity be maintained for safety using current lids. We will continue our efforts to produce the most nutritious, best-tasting, and safest foods possible for babies and children.

    Thank you for your continued support. If we can be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-434-4246, Monday through Friday from 7AM – 5PM Mountain Time.

    Kristen

    Consumer Response Representative

  49. Brandy April 6, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    I was curious to know if the Natures Goodness baby foods contained BPA in their glass jars?

    • Alicia
      Alicia April 7, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

      Hi Brandy,

      Yes they do use a BPA-based epoxy lining in the lid of their glass jars. That’s really hard to avoid right now, but we’re encouraging parents to call their favorite baby food manufacturers and prompt to find a substitute in the near future.

      Alicia

  50. Brandy April 6, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

    I was curious to know if the Natures Goodness baby foods contained BPA in their glass jars?

    • Alicia April 7, 2009 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Brandy,

      Yes they do use a BPA-based epoxy lining in the lid of their glass jars. That’s really hard to avoid right now, but we’re encouraging parents to call their favorite baby food manufacturers and prompt to find a substitute in the near future.

      Alicia

  51. Trisha May 5, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Here is a new one: Yummy in My Tummy Organic Baby Food.

    It's prepared fresh and shipped to your door fresh. It's packaged in BPA free containers too (though in plastic it appears).

    Very cool concept! http://www.yummyinmytummy.com/

  52. Caroline June 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm #

    With regard to the glass jars–only the lids can contain trace BPA correct? There is no risk of BPA in the glass right? Can the glass have lead in it?

  53. freakingoutoverbpa July 12, 2009 at 2:21 pm #

    lead crystal? where are you buying your baby food?

  54. lesleyomahony July 20, 2009 at 2:51 am #

    Hi there
    Babypotz are an irish company who ship all over the world and they sell bpa free pots in all special baby sizes – they are great ! http://www.babypotz.com

  55. jpstam July 23, 2009 at 10:55 am #

    Has anyone found an all glass, freezable, 2-4 oz storage container? This would be ideal… no plastic lids, no coatings … was looking at the old fashioned jarring glass containers, but not sure about their freez-ability.

    • Mavka July 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

      Green Sprouts. They are costly but are the only glass version I found. They work great and food reheats super quick.

  56. jpstam July 23, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    It says right on their homepage that “Reusable, quality polypropylene ” — is that OK?

  57. lesleyomahony July 23, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    yes babypotz.com have reusable quality propylene – totally safe and BPA free

  58. lesleyomahony July 24, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    yes babypotz.com have reusable quality propylene – totally safe and BPA free

  59. Jo December 8, 2009 at 1:03 am #

    can someone explain how glass has bpa in it when bpa is a plastic product?
    Also I've NEVER seen Parent's Choice baby food in a plastic container, we can only purchase it in glass here

  60. Alicia
    Alicia December 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    Hi Jo,

    All of the glass baby food jars we've researched are made with aluminum lids. Aluminum can be toxic if absorbed by the food, so a BPA-based epoxy is used to coat the lid and protect the food. During processing, the baby food is heated to high temperatures, allowing the for the perfect BPA-leaching situation.

  61. d334nn4 December 12, 2009 at 3:36 am #

    Ella's Kitchen is also BPA-free. Same style packaging as Plum, but more/different interesting flavors, finally here in the states!!

  62. Organic Baby Food March 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    All my children were raised on organic foods and they are never sick, no allergys and are all very healthy and athletic.

  63. Sara August 27, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Argh! I want to make my own, but haven’t yet because we’re in the middle of moving. I’ve been using Earth’s Best and have even been scraping food off the lid when there is some clumped on it. I had no idea. And I thought glass was always a sure bet. Now I know better I guess, but I’m just bothered by what my son might have been exposed to over the past month. 🙁 It never ends.

  64. Rachel January 26, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    I am curious about the Wild Harvest Organic baby food containers.

  65. Nunezbulut August 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Uffff!  From now on I’m only feeding my twin babies home-made baby food.  By reading this article I’m starting to wonder what damage have all the preserved stuff we’ve consumed all this years done to us. 

  66. Stsutton September 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Does anyone know if Earth’s Best food pouches are BPA free?  I called and the rep said yes they were but it is not on the packaging or on their website which makes me suspicious.  Thanks

    • Alicia September 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

      Hi Stsutton,

      We haven’t contacted Earth’s Best about their pouches, but every pouch we’ve researched so far has been BPA-freer.

      We’re working on an updated baby food shopping guide, so keep your eyes peeled!

    • Alicia October 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Stsutton – We contacted them last week and received a response saying they’re looking into it. Hopefully we’ll hear back soon!

  67. Bobbistar November 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Ella’s Kitchen is BPA free as well ;0)

  68. Dorcas January 5, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    What about phthalates from the Gerber packaging?

  69. Timothyyewya April 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    what about Healthy Times baby food jars? Would really appreciate if you have any information. Thank you.

  70. DB May 29, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    How about Target brand?

  71. Lilandbellasmom July 23, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    Ok, I think I have read all of the comments and don’t see this covered. What about the pouches that are everywhere now? They seem to be replacing all other vessels as far as baby food is concerned. I haven’t used them for fear of alluminum that they are made with. I can find no information on their safety. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Great question! It appears that most food pouches are made with a layer of aluminum foil sandwiched between inner and outer layers of polypropylene plastic, which is the material that touches the food. Polypropylene is usually a safer choice when it comes to plastic.

      If you have a favorite brand of pouches you might consider contacting them directly to ask about their product specifically. Each manufacturer should be able to pull up the information pretty easily.

  72. Livismom August 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Hi I was wondering about Heinz baby food pouch ? Are they bpa free? Are they safe to eat from the container ? Thanks 🙂

  73. Holly Gorham October 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    So here I am saving my beechnut glass babyfood jars to reuse, thinking I am doing the BPA free thing… and then come to find out, I took a closer look at the lids and I noticed a soft plastic ring in the lid!!! urrrggggg Why would they do this?? so my next question… regular old fashioned lead free glass canning jars would be ok to freeze in, right? This world is Crazy!!

  74. Erica Brown May 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Hello,
    I was wondering about Parents Choice baby food pouches. Are they BPA free?

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters June 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Hi Erica, thanks a great question – but I’m afraid we don’t know. We tried contacting them last year but didn’t get a response. We’re hoping to update our guide and will be adding them to our list to contact again. ~Alicia

  75. Molly April 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi, I have a question about the baby food makers. You said the ones listed don’t have those plastics in contact with the food, however what about the water reservoir? Wouldn’t the steam carry leached chemicals to the food? Is polypropylene safe to heat up? What kind of plastic does the water reservoir in the Brezza use?

    • Laura April 22, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi Molly, We didn’t say the recommended products don’t have food-contact plastic, just that the plastics coming into contact with the food are safer options such as polypropylene, LDPE, HDPE or ABS, and that includes the plastic parts of the Baby Brezza. It’s better not to heat any type of plastic when possible, but polypropylene doesn’t contain BPA or BPS and is a safer material choice. If you have specific questions about the makeup of a product, we suggest you contact the manufacturer directly so they can provide those details for you. ~The Soft Landing Sisters

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