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I just found these and an so thrilled b/c I never knew WHAT the heck I could freeze food in anymore:
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I contacted Stop & Shop to ask about their organic/natural store brand, Nature's Promise. Here's the reply from a "Health and Wellness Specialist":

"Thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Please be assured that I have forwarded your comments to our Corporate
Brands office for their information and review. Our Corporate Brands
office is closely monitoring this issue and awaiting guidance from the
scientific community and the FDA. At this time, we do not test for BPA
in our private label product packaging."


So, my guess is their suppliers use BPA. :
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My son's Gerber sippy cup has a number 7 on the bottom. :
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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
Dear Stacey,

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
agencies worldwide.

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:
FDA: www.fda.gov.
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 Affairs
consumeraffairs@delmonte.com

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Wow, this whole topic is so new to me. Thank you everyone for putting out this information and contacting companies. Sometimes I feel so discouraged when I'm trying to transition into eating and living healthy.
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So... is it best to assume that all canned foods are unhealthy, and to buy food in glass jars instead?
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How maddening! I was researching water bottles for a gift and I thought the ones I had were safer than others. *ugh* I think it might be time to invest in a sigg or other bottle.

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So... is it best to assume that all canned foods are unhealthy, and to buy food in glass jars instead?
Probably I mean, it is not funny really - it is quite disturbing.

I am trying to avoid canned food as much as I can and will definitely buy things in glass when that is an option. Otherwise, I am trying to stick to TJ's stuff since they are at least BPA free.

I mostly use canned beans when I am a poor planner (dried are a 2 day process for me) and tomato products - so I am trying to get back on track with my meal planning so I don't need the beans. This summer I hope to can a bunch of my own marinara and tomatoes - though at the rate they are growing right now it looks like I might have to supplement my crop at the farmer's market.

There are a few other things I use now and then (like canned chipotle peppers in adobo or tuna) but since they are not things I use all the time, I am going to try not to worry about that too much.

*sigh*

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Thanks for the tips, Stacy. I'm growing a big tomato garden this year, too. Now I need to learn how to make my own tomato sauce and paste, since those are basically the only canned products I use. Well, that and coconut milk. Hmm.
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Thanks for the tips, Stacy. I'm growing a big tomato garden this year, too. Now I need to learn how to make my own tomato sauce and paste, since those are basically the only canned products I use. Well, that and coconut milk. Hmm.
Oh yeah - I forgot about coconut milk darn it! I've never seen that in glass!

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I don't know if this is much better, but I buy bags of shaved coconut from the freezer case at the Asian market, and make my own coconut milk. You can also buy bagged coconut milk this way.

BTW- I have been using the strained tomatoes from Bionaturae, and I love them! They have almost totally replaced canned diced tomatoes in saucemaking for me.
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D*mn there go my organic tomatoes from Muir Glen.

Yeah, the rest of the info has been around for awhile. Sadly, it's STILL pertinent. Thanks for the reminder.

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I don't know if this is much better, but I buy bags of shaved coconut from the freezer case at the Asian market, and make my own coconut milk. You can also buy bagged coconut milk this way.

BTW- I have been using the strained tomatoes from Bionaturae, and I love them! They have almost totally replaced canned diced tomatoes in saucemaking for me.
Do you mind sharing how make the coconut milk from the shave coconut? That sounds so interesting!

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Oh, god, another thing to worry about?? I ditto Kleine Hexe!

So I should be throwing out all my Avent bottles? (Is it wrong to try and sell them, knowing they may be harmful? I hate to throw them out knowing someone might need them, who'd buy them from someone else anyway, and knowing also that I really need the money... Ethics anyone?!?!)

Any heat coming into contact with these plastics is harmful?

What about plastic baby spoons?

What about nonfood items, like plastic bags I use to store diapers? Or clothing storage?

It seems like everything I own is going to hurt my family. :
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I feel your pain After I read Home, Safe Home I began a campaign to rid our home of all synthetic materials and replace them with safe, natural ones. Of course, for some things that's impossible... computer keyboards and most cell phones, for instance, aren't made out of any material besides plastic. Bah!
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Ugg, I try to keep canned good stocked for emegencies! (like hurricanes in Fla and hurricanes/earthquakes in HI). Come to think of it, the water I have stored is in plastic containers. Yuck!
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I was so excited that Gerber has come out with organic baby food so I can buy it locally. (Our closest Whole Foods is about an hour away!) But guess what - they package their organic baby food in a #7 plastic container and their regular baby food in glass jars!!!!!!!!! I was furious and my hubby was so irritated that he wrote Gerber last night, I'll let you know the response. Fortunately, I have not fed DS any of the food, I just bought it for traveling or for emergency stash since so far we are making our own food with the So Easy PLASTIC food trays! Is there anything out there that you don't have to worry about??!! I need to see if there is a # on the trays.

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Someone gave me organic baby food in glass jars. I think it was Earth's Best by Gerber? So it's possible Gerber does sell their organic baby food in glass jars, and perhaps your local store could order it in. HTH

Anyway, I gave them away because, like you, I fed my baby homemade food and never needed the canned kind. My thought was that the canned food is vastly less nutritious than fresh food because the canned kind has been subjected to high heat, which destroys the heat-sensitive vitamins and all the digestive enzymes. But those things are still intact with fresh food.

I bought one of those baby mesh feeders and put a chunk of raw fruit or vegetable in there for him to chew on while we ate meals. Or I fork-fed him little bits off my plate. Now at 1 1/2 years, he loves everything we eat! I think it's because he's been eating my cooking all his life, and never developed a taste for store-bought baby foods
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Baby mesh feeder? Sounds interesting. Where did you get it?

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Someone gave me organic baby food in glass jars. I think it was Earth's Best by Gerber? So it's possible Gerber does sell their organic baby food in glass jars, and perhaps your local store could order it in. HTH
Earth's Best is by Hain, not Gerber. They sell it at Babies R Us, and many regular grocery stores have it, too.

Mesh baby food feeders are made by Munchkin. You can get them at Target, Wal-Mart, etc. They are kind of a pain in the ass to clean, but I loved them.
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Gerber does sell some organic baby food in glass jars. Just less variety. They have it around here at Stop and Shop and Target (and Walmart.) They all three also carry the Earth's Best brand too. HTH!
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I'm bummed ... the Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce that I buy for DD comes in a #7 plastic container! When I start finding things around the house that are in #7 plastic, I feel so betrayed! How can companies use these kind of toxic materials?
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I'm bummed ... the Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce that I buy for DD comes in a #7 plastic container! When I start finding things around the house that are in #7 plastic, I feel so betrayed! How can companies use these kind of toxic materials?
As World Kitchen told me when I called them about pyrex storage lids, "Our products satisfy FDA safety requirements" (or something to that effect). Now, that doesn't surprise me coming from your typical big company, but when a brand does it that claims to be organic...

Well, let's just say I think it demonstrates just how committed that company is to your well-being. It's not like this whole plastics thing is a big secret.
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Someone in a PP noted that some Gerber baby bottles are recyclable plastic #5 -- well, the key word is "some", because I just checked out the Gerber bottles being sold at the local Wal-Mart : and their Gerbers are #7. I plan on checking Babies R Us very soon to see what they offer, but it sounds right now like MAM/Sassy, Gerber #5, and Evenflo glass are the best options available. Did I miss any?
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What are #1 and #2 plastics considered? The pyrex storage containers with plastic lids....so far they have either a #1 or #2. Safe?
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Baby mesh feeder? Sounds interesting. Where did you get it?
I got ours here http://www.babysafefeeder.com/

It works great! The top and bottom screw together, which some people say is sturdier than the kind that snap together.
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