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More BPA news: Kroger ban

The nation’s second-largest grocery store chain (behind WalMart) made a big splash on the Bisphenol-A (BPA) safety debate this week, when it announced the chemical is being removed from products on its shelves as well as its receipts. Kroger’s move is an admirable response to consumers’ concerns (the power of the purchasing dollar illustrated once again!), but is replacing BPA a magic bullet? Critics warn, no.

The nation’s second-largest grocery store chain (behind WalMart) made a big splash on the Bisphenol-A (BPA) safety debate this week, when it announced the chemical is being removed from products on its shelves as well as its receipts. 

The Kroger Co.’s release said the FDA hasn’t yet deemed the estrogen-disrupting chemical unsafe for humans, but that BPA was of concern to some consumers—hence the ban.
 
Products used by babies and toddlers that are sold at Kroger stores are already free of BPA.  BPA removal is in the works for Kroger brand canned goods, and the chain has asked suppliers to determine whether BPA is present in product packaging—and if it is, to work on getting rid of it. Many Kroger stores now use BPA-free receipts; all receipt tape will be BPA-free by the end of 2011.
 
Kroger’s move is an interesting and admirable response to consumers’ concerns (the power of the purchasing dollar illustrated once again!), but is replacing BPA a magic bullet? Critics warn, no—because replacement chemicals are equally untested and may not be any safer, or may even have more EA (estrogenic activity) than BPA. See my colleague Melaina Juntti’s blog on this here
 
And read a study here by scientists at the University of Texas and Georgetown University here. Researchers found EA in almost all 450 plastic items tested, even BPA-free products, they said, can leach EA chemicals during everyday use, due to UV light, microwaves, heat or freezing.
 
Bottom line: Manufacturers need to look into using more glass (as Eden Foods has done with its organic tomatoes and sauerkraut) and find other inert packaging materials. (And we need to demand that our government test chemicals before introducing them to our food chain.)
 

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on May 18, 2011

I salute Kroger for taking steps to protect consumers against plastic chemicals in our foods! If glass is the answer, I wonder if shipping costs and the carbon footprint from additional fuels needed to transport extra weight (not to mention the price of those goods) will rise significantly. I'd certainly pay more for glass. Will others?

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 18, 2011

I am a huge fan of glass containers, etc., and I certainly would buy them. I am interested in a Vita Mix for making smoothies, but the jug is not made of glass, so I will stick with my immersion blender until a company comes out with a strong blender that crushes ice and has a very stong motor and is made of glass. The Vita Mix jug is BPA free, but I am not taking a chance on the jug - waiting for glass.

Have glass containers - Glasslock (Bed, Bath and Beyond) -- for storing food in fridge and freezer. Will not make soup to freeze and put in plastic containers (used to do this).

Have a Brita jug water filter (have asked if they can do a glass jug). Need more people to call the company for making a glass jug. I filter the water and then pour the water into two glass jugs from Bed, Bath and Beyond to store in fridge.

Hoping for food processors with glass or stainless steel containers.

Yes to glass.

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