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dicksonj says ...
Kim, Plastic bags are generally made without resins that contain bisphenol-A. Bulk food items may be stored in containers that are made from BPA-based materials, such as polycarbonate plastic. We are actively reviewing and testing containers made from alternative materials. On the question of using plastic wraps for cheese, we use plastic wrap because it preserves cut cheese and ensures its quality and safety. If you prefer to buy cheese not wrapped in plastic, please feel free to ask a team member to cut your cheese to order and they’ll wrap it in cheese paper. Thanks!
05/19/2010 8:05:02 AM CDT
Deborah says ...
I had read one of the blogs discussing BPA that included a list of three to five (don't remember exactly how many) canned food brands that are BPA free which Whole Foods sells (Eden Organics being one of them). I have gone back to look for that same blog but can't find it. Joe or Winnie, can you list those same brands here? It would be very much appreciated.
06/09/2010 1:48:18 PM CDT
vaughnm says ...
@Deborah, We're not sure which blog you're talking about, but we do know that Eden Foods has switched to a non-BPA epoxy for a major part of their line. Truly BPA-free cans (and lids) are hard to come by as of yet. Thanks!
06/09/2010 2:00:44 PM CDT
Michael says ...
Eden foods has a web page titled: "How Eden Foods Pioneered BPA-Free Cans.” It’s very interesting. It discusses the obstacles they faced, and how they solved them. It also explains why its tomatoes are still canned using BPA (blame the FDA): http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=178
07/12/2010 4:22:45 AM CDT
John Doyle says ...
There may be more for you to do. Have you determined if BPA is present in your cash register receipts? Please see my daughter's post about BPA in receipt paper on her BodyEarth blog. http://www.bodyearth.net/health/bpa/bpa-its-not-just-for-dinner-anymore/ Thank you. JFD
07/14/2010 3:27:23 PM CDT
Jill Davis says ...
We are all waiting to see if Wholefoods has tested their receipt paper for BPA. According to a new study by the Environmental Working Group, some retail receipts (Safeway) have 1,000 times the BPA as canned goods. http://www.ewg.org/bpa-in-store-receipts Could someone from WF please respond?? How much BPA is in your receipts? A major manufacturer of thermal paper who does not use BPA is Appleton Manufacturing of Wisconsin. I sincerely hope that WF is buying its receipt paper from this vendor, or another safe manufacturer.
07/26/2010 11:55:00 PM CDT
Jill Davis says ...
Wholefoods uses BPA-laden thermal paper to print its grocery receipts. This news made the newspapers today. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/07/bpa-cash-register-receipts/1 According to the Environmental Working Group, the amount of BPA in receipts can be 1,000 times that found in cans or bottles. I wish Wholefoods would do the right thing and switch manufacturers. There are plenty of manufacturers of thermal paper that do not use BPA (like Appleton of Wisconsin). Clearly Wholefoods saw this coming. When were you planning on switching? By using BPA in your cans and receipt paper, you continue to expose your customers and employees to cancer and reproductive harm. We deserve an answer.
07/27/2010 10:38:23 AM CDT
vaughnm says ...
@John and Jill, Most of our regions already use non-BPA thermal paper in their receipts, more are transitioning in the fall and the remaining are working with our stores to identify non-BPA thermal papers that are compatible with our store systems. Thanks!
07/27/2010 10:45:15 AM CDT
Vicki Kindt says ...
Are Whole Foods brand cans BPA free? I am especially interested in the tomato products. Also, does Whole Foods use BPA free receipt tape?
10/07/2010 1:37:56 PM CDT
Sheryl says ...
One thing Whole Foods could do to reduce people's exposure to BPA is commit to using only BPA-free receipts in all its stores. Apparently, Appleton, the largest thermal paper maker manufactures them and, starting this month (NOV '10), will be adding small red fibers to the receipts so customers and cashiers can identify them.
11/10/2010 8:34:36 AM CST
PBrown says ...
Does Whole Foods carry any tomatoes in glass jars? If not, would you please consider it?
11/03/2010 12:08:23 PM CDT
Tonia says ...
Glass is a good alternative, however, BPA is found in the lining of the top of the can as well - look next time you open a jar of spaghetti sauce - that plastic is frequently BPA based....
12/16/2010 10:12:27 AM CST
Meghan says ...
Just wondering if there's any update (a year later) on BPA-free brands you carry. Is it still only Eden Foods? As a pregnant woman, avoiding BPA is of great concern to me. Thanks.
03/16/2011 5:45:17 PM CDT
Shana says ...
I understand what you are saying about the limited availability of BPA free cans. However, if Trader Joes can do with their products, I would think you could do it with your 365 brand at the very least.
03/22/2011 9:11:44 AM CDT
Marla says ...
Did you see the NY Times article on Sunday 5/8/11 called “Hitting the Bottle”? A quick excerpt …“I’m struck by how many signs on the shelves advertise BPA-free bottles, BPA-free sippy cups. It breaks my heart. Manufacturers might be removing BPA, a chemical used to harden certain plastics, from their products, but they are substituting chemicals that may be just as dangerous, if not more so.” Here is the link to the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/opinion/09browning.html?partner=MYWAY&ei=5065 I was really impressed when I walked into the WF baby section this month and saw stainless steel baby bottles and sippy cups aptly named the “Safe Starter” and “Safe Sippy.” I did quite a bit of research into stainless steel and have found it’s anti microbial, it doesn’t leach, it’s odorless, indestructible, it’s super lightweight for little hands and you can recycle it! I bought several of these new bottles and cups- My little ones love love them and I know they are safe! Kudos Whole Foods-Thank you for being the trailblazers once again!!!!
05/10/2011 11:24:21 PM CDT
Desiree Girotto says ...
I am anxiously awaiting a reply on the cash register receipt paper. There are currently bpa-free options on the market now. Please let us know about your receipt paper.
04/06/2011 2:09:38 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Desiree: All of our stores are now using BPA-free receipt paper.
04/06/2011 4:14:01 PM CDT
Victoria says ...
I was wondering if the cash register receipt paper WF uses is still the kind covered in BPA? I have heard that alternative paper is available in Canada where BPA is banned so I wonder if it is making its way into use in the States. Thanks
04/07/2011 3:59:40 PM CDT
Victoria says ...
I didn't see the posts that Whole Foods HAS transitioned to BPA free cash register receipts. Way to lead the charge!
04/07/2011 4:01:30 PM CDT
Laura says ...
I think that the register receipt change is wonderful. Is there a status update on progress that has been made to get rid of bpa in can linings?
04/15/2011 2:14:08 PM CDT
bepkom says ...
@Laura: Many of our suppliers are searching for alternative forms of packaging.
04/15/2011 2:30:44 PM CDT
Keith Ensroth says ...
Thank you so much for your open honesty about this important issue. It's good to know that there is a grocer continuing to work to protect our health. We trust Whole Foods for bringing us organic foods, MSC certified seafood, etc. Our trust goes up even higher when you are honest enough to state that there are things that need to change and that includes the very products that you sell at the moment.
04/19/2011 5:45:53 PM CDT
Joshua says ...
I know of a completely organic meal that has been safely grown and packaged for around 3 dollars a meal. It contains little to no food allergens in many of the meals, making it a completely safe meal for you and your family.
04/22/2011 10:05:24 AM CDT
Cailey J says ...
I am extremely committed to buying BPA-FREE products for the safety of myself and my family, and this is how I am dealing with the issue... After researching the dangers of BPA-ridden plastic baby bottles and sippy cups, I looked for alternatives that would not jeopardize the health of my children. I discovered a brand in WFM, Kid Basix, which makes STAINLESS STEEL baby bottles and sippy cups. I've switched over the WHOLE family and we're not looking back!
05/10/2011 3:49:25 PM CDT
Lim Chin Teik says ...
There have been a lot of talk about alternative bottles. I am involve in repackaging of liquid pharmaceuticals into plastic bottles. What alternative do you have ie. what type of bottles besides glass bottles which are too expensive.
04/28/2011 5:59:14 AM CDT

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