On March 28, 2016 canned foods manufacturer Campbell Soup Company announced its plans to remove bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) from the linings of its food cans by the middle of 2017. The company started using cans with linings made from acrylic or polyester materials in March 2016 and will continue to introduce these new linings across its U.S. and Canadian portfolio through 2017. “We have tested and conducted trials with hundreds of alternatives to BPA lining and believe the acrylic and polyester options will ensure our food remains safe, affordable and tastes great,” stated Mike Mulshine, senior program manager for packaging at Campbell’s. The company first announced its intention to remove BPA from can linings in February 2012. Campbell’s notes the technical challenges it faced during the process, such as finding a solution for tomato-based recipes, as tomatoes are naturally acidic and can react with can linings over time. Consumers can keep up to date on Campbell’s efforts to remove BPA from cans via its platform www.whatsinmyfood.com. “We must earn consumer trust every day by being open about what’s in our food, and that includes the packaging we use,” concluded Mark Alexander, president of Americas simple meals & beverages at Campbell’s.
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