Del Monte’s Response About the Dangers of BPAJune 21, 2010
Thank you for your e-mail sharing your concerns about Bisphenol A (BPA). We’re glad you took the time to contact us.
Del Monte Foods’ top priority is the quality and safety of our products. Like all food companies, we rely on the FDA for guidance on food safety. Together with the food industry, we will work cooperatively and responsively with the FDA to ensure the safety and quality of our products and packaging.
Together with the packaging industry, Del Monte Foods is committed to exploring alternatives to BPA. We are working closely with the packaging industry as it develops new technology to further improve the containers it manufacturers. This new technology includes alternatives to BPA that would provide the same or higher level of effectiveness, and that meet our quality standards. This is a rigorous process that involves close coordination with our packaging suppliers and in-depth safety and effectiveness testing. Given the critical safety role that this technology plays, any change must be made thoughtfully and carefully to ensure that the safety, quality and nutritional integrity of our products are not compromised.
For more than 40 years, BPA has been approved by the FDA for use in food contact applications, and has played an essential part in food preservation. Like most in the industry, the metal cans we use have protective coatings which contain trace amounts of BPA that fall within the European Food Safety Authority’s guidelines, which the FDA acknowledges as well.
These coatings are the best method available on the market today for food preservation and have been tested and confirmed safe by numerous food safety agencies around the globe, including the European Food Safety Authority, the World Health Organization, the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and Health Canada.
Don’t you hate these type of condescending responses? Here is my reply:
Yes but just because the FDA says its safe doesn’t mean it is. They make mistakes all the time. They also bury studies that reflect products in negative lights so that companies can maximize their profits. That’s why there are so many lobbyists on Capitol Hill. They’re basically putting a price on our lives so that Congressmen and women can get rich. Until BPA is not used in your products I will be forced to switch to frozen vegetables.
BTW Del Monte is owned by Oppenheimer. Who would have thought?