In an article published on December 7, 2016 the Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals informed about a testing campaign analyzing the metal packaging of canned coconut milk in Nordic countries. The Danish Consumer Council together with the consumer organizations the Forbrukerrådet (Norway), Sveriges Konsumenter (Sweden), Neytendasamtökin (Iceland), and Kuluttajaliitto (Finland) purchased 30 cans of coconut milk (10 Denmark, 5 Norway, 4 Sweden, 5 Iceland, 6 Finland) and sent them to laboratory testing. The coating lacquer on the inside of the cans was tested for content of bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7), bisphenol F (BPF, CAS 620-92-8), bisphenol S (BPS, CAS 80-09-1), and bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE, CAS 1675-54-3). Eleven of the 30 tested can coatings (6 Denmark, 1 Norway, 3 Iceland, 1 Finland) contained BPA in the range of 1.5 to 6.0 µg per can. All of these eleven can coatings also contained BADGE. Further ten of the 30 tested can coatings (3 Denmark, 3 Norway, 1 Sweden, 3 Finland) contained BADGE, but not BPA, in the range of 1.7 to 19 µg per can. None of the can coatings were found to contain BPF or BPS. The Danish Consumer Council noted that the ”content of bisphenol A and BADGE in the cans is relatively low compared to the current limit values.” The coconut milk was not tested for any of the substances.
Some of the retailers and producers of the tested products provided comments regarding the testing results. Coop Denmark, for example, who sells two of the coconut milk cans that contained BPA, stated that the two cans were produced before the retailer banned BPA in coating lacquers. In May 2016, Coop Denmark substituted BPA with BPA non-intent (BPA-NI) materials in can coatings (FPF reported).
Danish Consumer Council THINK Chemicals (December 7, 2016). “Test: Chemicals in cans of coconut milk.”