We've talked extensively about BPA-based epoxy linings commonly used in aluminum cans, especially in regards to finding BPA-free tomatoes. It was a difficult task because of their acidic nature, but we finally found Pomi. Not even Eden Organics, the leader of the pack, has found a way to go BPA-free in the canned tomato category just yet.
During our tomato treasure hunt, we gathered a decent sized list of all BPA-free canned foods currently available. Hopefully this list will continue to grow with the possibility of new BPA-free lining alternatives like this one made from sugar.
BPA-free Canned Food Options
- Bionaturae organic canned tomatoes are now BPA-free and labeled as such (no guessing which is which!). They also offer Tomato Paste and Strained Tomatoes in glass jars only with lids that are lined with a BPA and PVC-free epoxy. All of their products are grown on their farm, packed fresh, and never stored in plastic or repacked.
- Jovial organic tomatoes are packed in glass with BPA-free lining in the aluminum lid (a gummy PVC ring is used around the edge of the jar to create a tight seal, but doesn't come in contact with the food).
- Farmer's Market (all products are BPA-free)
- Eden organic beans (all of them, including chili, rice & beans, etc.). UPDATE 1/20/11: Eden Foods Finds a Better Solution to BPA-lined Cans for Tomatoes and Sauces
- Trader Joe’s canned corn, beans, meat products, canned fruits and vegetables (including tomatoes, and organic pumpkin (as of 2012) but NOT mandarins, hatch chilies, artichokes, organic baked beans). All canned soups and stews are still in BPA lined cans
- Vital Choice Seafood (salmon, albacore tuna, sardines and mackerel; they test for all endocrine disruptors, not just BPA)
- Muir Glen tomatoes (We confirmed with Muir Glen in December 2011 that all of last season's tomatoes have been transitioned to BPA-free cans)
- Aseptic packaging (like Tetra Pak cartons/bricks) is also BPA-free. These packages are made of 70% paperboard combined with aluminum foil and thin layers of LDPE (low density polyethylene) for the food contact surface. Read about BPA-free Pomi tomatoes in aseptic packaging here.
- Oregon’s Choice (6oz lightly salted albacore and the company is working toward going BPA-free with their crab and shrimp too)
- Wild Planet (5oz skipjack tuna and its 5oz albacore tuna)
- Native Forest/Native Factor (all canned foods, including the only canned coconut milk that uses a BPA-free can – which happens to the brand I've been using for years – yeah!)
- Crown Prince (see full list here)
- Hunt's Tomatoes (plain tomatoes only) – they just introduced their sauce in a 33.5oz tetra pak carton too (we've seen them in major stores as of 10/10/12)
- Nature's One Organic powdered baby formula
Fresh produce and dried beans are still your best bet. Frozen produce is a good second choice because they're usually harvested when ripe, heated for a shorter time and immediately frozen.
P.S. We recently spoke to Two Guys in Vermont and they make tomato products that come in glass jars and although the lids do contain BPA though there is a lining that separates between. AND…you won't believe it, but Campbell's is going BPA-free too! Read more about it here.