EWG’s survey of 252 brands produced by 119 companies between January and August 2014 found that:
- 78 brands, or 31 percent, used Bisphenol A BPA-lined cans for all products. About 46 percent of the brands in this group did not say whether they were working with can suppliers or packaging manufacturers to shift to BPA-free cans or to test substitutes.
- 31 brands – 12 percent of the brands in our sample – used BPA-free cans for all canned products.
- 34 brands, or 14 percent, used BPA-free cans for one or more of their canned products.
- 43 percent of all brands gave ambiguous or incomplete answers to questions about their use of BPA and/or did not respond to EWG’s queries.
Companies that said they had eliminated BPA or were in the process of doing so did not disclose the substitutes they were using, an omission that had the effect of slowing scientific study of the possible hazards of these substitute materials. Only 13 brands volunteered even a vague description of the alternative can coatings they use.
- In the absence of a clear national standard, companies can define “BPA-free” as they wish. As a result, some products labeled BPA-free may have some amount of the chemical in can linings.
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