Sustainable packaging tops best-read chart for September: Page 4 of 5

Lisa Pierce in Sustainable Packaging on October 03, 2018

Food cans

2. Most food cans no longer use BPA in their linings

Am I pushing it to categorize this as a sustainability-related article? I don’t think so when you consider the social and health/wellness aspects of sustainability.

Due to the vehement backlash against the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) used in plastic liners for metal food cans, can makers have been systematically replacing the liners with alternative materials, sans BPA. This conversion happened quietly over the years that it came as a surprise when the Can Manufacturers Institute announced early this year that at least 90% of today’s food cans have replaced linings that previously contained BPA.

So why did this article get so many page views seven months later? Because BPA is back in the spotlight with results from a multi-year research project by the Food and Drug Administration—the FDA CLARITY Study—in which the principal investigator concludes,“[i]n the study authors’ judgment of the results from the CLARITY-BPA 2-year core toxicology study, BPA did not elicit clear, biologically plausible, adverse effects…”

So…BPA is safe! It is! But somehow I doubt can manufacturers will go back to the old BPA-containing liners. What do you think?


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