I was just going to find this thread! I contacted S&W (apparantly part of Del Monte) foods
because I occasionally buy their canned beans at my neighborhood store and I noticed they have a new organic line. Well, unfortunately they use BPA ( and try to assure me that's ok
: ) so are NOT SAFE.
Here's their response to me:
June 11, 2007
Thanks for visiting our S&W Fine Foods website and for your email.
We can assure you that canned food is safe. Some of our product containers do
have industry standard protective coatings which contain trace amounts of
Bisphenol A (BPA). All of the materials are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration for use in food contact applications, and for more than 40 years
have played an essential part in food preservation. Human exposure to BPA from
can coatings is very small and poses no known health risk. Epoxy can coatings
are approved for food contact use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the
European Union's Scientific Committee on Foods, the United Kingdom's Food
Standards Agency, the Japan Ministry for Health and Welfare and other government
It is virtually impossible for a person to come into contact with an unsafe
amount of BPA from use of consumer products. For example, a person would have
to consume more than 500 pounds of canned food and beverages from containers
made with epoxy resins per day for a lifetime to exceed the safe level set by
the U.S. EPA. BPA does not accumulate in human body tissue - it is rapidly
metabolized and excreted from the body within hours after the initial exposure.
We are aware of recently published studies suggesting the potential for BPA to
cause health effects at very low doses. Scientific and government bodies
worldwide have examined the scientific evidence and consistently reach the
conclusion that BPA is not a risk to human health. Recent examples include
comprehensive risk assessments in Japan and Europe and a review by an
independent panel of experts organized by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.
Additionally, the FDA has stated that it sees no reason to change its long-held
position that current uses with food are safe. Nevertheless, we want to assure
you Del Monte, as well as trade associations such as the Food Processors
Association and the Canned Food Alliance, will continue to follow developments
in this area closely.
For more information, visit these Websites:
Harvard evaluation information: www.hcra.harvard.edu/pdf/August2004.pdf
American Plastics Council: www.bisphenol-a.org
Thanks for the opportunity to respond.
Niki, Del Monte Foods Consumer Affairsconsumeraffairs@delmonte.com