Which Prepared Baby Food Containers are BPA Free?

BPA-free Plum Organics Baby Food

BPA-free Plum Organics Baby Food

Concern about the harmful affects of bisphenol-a (BPA) in polycarbonate plastic baby feeding gear is spreading quickly.  Unfortunately, BPA is also commonly found in epoxy resins used for protective linings in canned food, ready-to-feed infant formula and metal lids of baby food jars.  A recent 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.  Research has suggested that young children are more susceptible to the harmful affects of environmental toxins and scientists are calling for more sensitive testing methods to determine what a safe level would be, specifically for children.  And to top it all off, a recent UK study raised the concern that BPA may remain in the body longer than previously suspected.

Lowering our children’s exposure to environmental toxins is a necessity, but avoiding BPA can be difficult because it lurks in so many unsuspecting products.  We have to wonder where it will show up next when the chemical industry is pumping out more than 7 billion pounds of the stuff per year.

We’ve started the search for BPA-free baby food containers to help you out.  If you need information on baby formula, please review the Environmental Working Group’s helpful list here.

Commercially Prepared Baby Food in BPA-free Containers

Baby Food Containers using BPA

  • Earth’s Best (they told us that BPA is used in minute amounts in the glass jar lids, but that independent testing showed no BPA contamination in the baby food.  Use your own discretion here)
  • Beechnut (they told us that their glass baby food jars contain trace amounts of BPA)
  • Gerber (glass baby food jars only)
  • Nature’s Goodness

We’ve tried to to contact Heinz repeatedly but we haven’t received an answer yet.

Have we missed any BPA-free brands that you know of?  If so, leave a comment and let us know :)

We do recommend making your own baby food if possible and storing it in reusable containers such as Baby Cubes, Fresh Baby Trays or glass storage dishes.

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Alicia Voorhies is a Registered Nurse who decided to take a break to relax and enjoy her young kids after 13 years of working with disabled adults. She began to explore the world of alternative health ideas and was immediately attracted to the mysteries of endocrine disruptors and their effect on children. In 2007 she founded The Soft Landing along with her mom and sisters to help parents provide a safe, natural home for their children without drowning in an overwhelming sea of information.

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  • Johanna

    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!

  • Johanna

    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!

  • Sarah Jo

    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.

  • Sarah Jo

    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.

  • David Schiff

    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?)

  • David Schiff

    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?)

  • Kari

    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!

  • Kari

    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!

  • softlanding

    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

  • Trisha

    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

  • Trisha

    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

  • Adriane

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

  • Adriane

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

  • softlanding

    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

  • Christine

    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.

  • Christine

    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.

  • Jen Harper

    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!

  • Jen Harper

    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!

  • Katy

    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

  • Katy

    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

  • softlanding

    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

  • softlanding

    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

  • softlanding

    Hi Adriane,

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

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    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

  • Gail Vina

    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.

  • Gail Vina

    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.

  • Amy

    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!

  • Amy

    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!

  • Boo

    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!

  • Boo

    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!

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  • Carolyn

    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?

  • Carolyn

    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?

  • softlanding

    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

  • Sarah

    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!

  • Sarah

    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!

  • Tiffany

    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).

  • Tiffany

    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).

  • softlanding

    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

  • Cathy Kim

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

  • Cathy Kim

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

  • http://www.organic-baby-resource.com Erika

    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).

  • http://www.organic-baby-resource.com Erika

    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).

  • Amy

    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

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

  • Amy

    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

  • http://thesoftlandingbaby.com Brandy

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

    • Alicia

      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

  • http://thesoftlandingbaby.com Brandy

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

    • Alicia

      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

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  • Trisha

    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/

  • Caroline

    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?

  • freakingoutoverbpa

    lead crystal? where are you buying your baby food?

  • lesleyomahony

    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

  • jpstam

    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

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

  • jpstam

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

  • lesleyomahony

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

  • lesleyomahony

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

  • Jo

    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

  • http://thesoftlanding.com Alicia

    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.

  • d334nn4

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

  • Organic Baby Food

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

  • Sara

    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.

  • Rachel

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

  • Nunezbulut

    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. 

  • Stsutton

    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

    • http://thesoftlanding.com Alicia

      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!

    • http://thesoftlanding.com Alicia

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

  • Bobbistar

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

  • Dorcas

    What about phthalates from the Gerber packaging?

  • Timothyyewya

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

  • DB

    How about Target brand?

  • Lilandbellasmom

    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!

    • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

      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.

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  • Livismom

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

  • Holly Gorham

    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!!

  • Erica Brown

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

    • http://thesoftlanding.com/ The Soft Landing Sisters

      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

  • softlanding

    Hi Adriane,

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

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    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

  • softlanding

    Excellent question, Katy! We’ll be working on canning jar lids over the next few weeks.

    I think you’re in good shape using silicone to freeze baby food in. Silicone is generally non-toxic and can endure freezing as well as high temps too.

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    Excellent question, Katy! We’ll be working on canning jar lids over the next few weeks.

    I think you’re in good shape using silicone to freeze baby food in. Silicone is generally non-toxic and can endure freezing as well as high temps too.

    Alicia

  • softlanding

    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

  • softlanding

    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

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