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allex says ...
It seems that Whole Foods could eliminate this "whole" problem if they just used GLASS!!!! You have incredible buying power, why no glass!?!?! Not only is glass bpa free, but it is also one of the best recyclables, and is in in unlimited supply. As you know, the planet is facing a massive problem with plastic dust/particles in our landfills and oceans, this after only 100 years of plastic! Plastic never breaks down, and cannot be ingested by animals. Glass presents none of these problems! Again, why no glass?
01/25/2010 10:20:58 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
We are looking into alternatives to cans, but contrary to popular belief, we do not have a significant amount of buying power in the food packaging market. We are a relatively small player, but we are doing out best!
01/26/2010 3:31:18 PM CST
Mia St. James says ...
Do you have any recommendations on what brands are "safe" enough to use for storing foods. My son has food allergies, so I prepare all his meals for school. I've purchased the pyrex storage containers but stopped sending them to school because I'm afraid if it breaks, I won't know if there are "chips" in his meals or not. So again, can you suggest any "safe" storage containers. I have been using Ziploc as they have advertised on their packaging "BPA free". Please advise. Thank you
01/27/2010 2:08:09 PM CST
Anette Banamassa says ...
So happy that you are so responsible in your reports. I use mostly fresh veggies or frozen--but the only concern now is the use of canned tomatoes. The only ones in a jar are the ready prepared sauces ( I like to make my own).Are you getting boxed or glass containers? Please advise! Thankyou for your attention to this problem.
01/28/2010 11:45:26 AM CST
Jennifer Christensen says ...
For the question asked about canning jars - the lids on most canning jars do contain BPA. However, if you are canning or freezing liquids in it and the food does not come into contact with the lid you are ok. If you do need to have contact with the lid, there is at least one manufacturer that does not have BPA in its lids.
01/28/2010 12:13:48 PM CST
Valorie B says ...
Hi. Wondering how we KNOW that plastic in bagged frozen foods is safe? So many plastics are not. Also, WFM sells bottles without BPA, to use with their filtered water station. I have noticed that they are made in China. Honestly, I don't trust much that is made in China, as month after month, we hear about dangerous substances in products manufactured in China. They may be BPA free, but what else is in them. Do we KNOW that these substances are safe?? Their standards seems to be pretty low. (Ie, lead in children;s toys, purses, among so many other problems). I Must agree, that going with GLASS seems to be the best possible solution! I am a long time, faithful WFM shopper. Whole Foods, please switch to products in glass wherever possible. Thank you!
01/28/2010 1:56:49 PM CST
belinda carr says ...
I appreciate your stand on bpa's. We also need to get real on bromide and flouride. would like to know WF stand on these 2 issues, Asn far as bpa's how many yrs do you expect it to take to make any changes knowing the gov.
01/29/2010 1:16:24 AM CST
Jill says ...
Please stop carrying organic produce in BPA packaging. I have brought to the attention of the store several times how Driscoll Organic Strawberries are packaged in a #7 plastic container (it could have been a #6 - it has been a few months since I have checked the packaging.) In this case, there is alternative packaging choices because other organic strawberry brand packages without the #7 label will be displayed right beside the BPA packages. I became aware of the BPA dangers when my Oncology Nutritionist told me to not eat food in #7, #6 or #3 plastics because they are concerned about hormones leaking from the plastics into the food - a concern for me because I had a hormone hungry breast cancer. Thanks -
01/31/2010 8:18:56 AM CST
Emily says ...
I spent a summer doing research on the migration of BPA from polycarbonate bottles way back in the summer of 2006 (http://healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/6387/). At that time, many people still carried water bottles composed of BPA-containing PC plastic. It's been really exciting to see the positive changes that WF and other organizations are making in their products in response to that research and the possibility that BPA may cause harm. Thanks for the great post!
02/01/2010 1:01:33 PM CST
Jasper Twowilliger says ...
"To translate: There still isn’t conclusive evidence that BPA is harmful, but there are a number of question marks that need to be resolved through research" um, well, that appears to be exactly what has taken place to generate their conclusions. Me thinks you protest too much. On another note, What hemp products in your vitamins or raw foods dept. are currently carried by whole foods that aren't in plastic? Do you carry ANY that aren't in BPA canisters? What if someone who loves hemp, but hates plastic wants to buy some at your store? Do you guys carry Jeff's Best Hemp! yet? It's our favorite best seller here in So Cal! How come so much of the 365 EFA's are in the dark shale plastic? Rise above plastic guys!
02/06/2010 1:31:51 AM CST
Rich Armbruster says ...
US Acrylic, a Libertyville-based manufacturer, is about to introduce a new line of BPA-free drinkware. This new line, Clarus, will be made exclusively from Eastman's Tritan copolyester. This is the same material used to make some of the best BPA-free water bottles on the market today. Additionally, this new product line offers some of the most durable, dishwasher-friendly tumblers available. Unsurpassed clarity and durability, plus no BPA concerns. This may aleviate many of our BPA concerns.
02/12/2010 3:30:52 PM CST
Dori says ...
I'm glad to hear that Eden foods have cans without BPA. Are all cans that are lined with white enamel also without BPA (such as Muir Glenn products?). Also, if "regular"cans are used (with BPA), is there more leaching of the chemical into the food with fatty foods, acidic foods, or does it leach into all equally? Hope all companies follow the BPA free-way soon!
02/18/2010 8:54:20 PM CST
dicksonj says ...
Hey Dori, See <a href="http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2010/01/the-fda-changes-its-tune-on-bisphenol-a/#comment-46462" rel="nofollow">our response to Jennifer</a> about the coloring and linings. As for the changeable leaching, recent research suggests that small amounts of BPA may leach into foods or beverages stored in polycarbonate containers or BPA-lined cans, especially when the contents are acidic, high in fat, or heated. Hope that helps!
02/18/2010 9:00:10 PM CST
karen werner says ...
so, can you clarify one thing for me -is there BPA in the whole foods brand (365) canned tomatoes? thanks, Karen
04/25/2010 7:29:47 AM CDT
Gage Ricard says ...
I was just in Whole Foods in Santa Barbara an hour ago and specifically asked someone at the Customer Service Desk whether or not the can of 395 Black Beans (I showed them a can) was BPA free. I was told that it was BPA free. It sounds like perhaps I was given inaccurate information(?) based on Joe Dickson's response in a January 20 message ("Yes, like most aluminum cans in the market, our 365 brand products use BPA epoxy in the linings."). It's very helpful to have this blog as a resource to clarify contradictory information.
04/25/2010 7:42:30 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
Currently, all of our 365 Everyday Value canned goods (as well as most other canned goods in the market) are packaged in cans with BPA linings. We are seeking alternative packaging for our canned products. Thanks for checking in.
04/27/2010 3:00:24 PM CDT
Linda Kush says ...
I love WF and appreciate having alternatives to the unhealthy processed products in the general supermarkets. You have stated that WF is working with its can suppliers to eliminate BPA and discussed the problems with alternatives not being suitable for certain foods. Perhaps another alternative would be for WF to move toward glass containers and eliminate aluminum cans.
04/29/2010 4:23:12 PM CDT
Anne Marie Harpstreit says ...
Have we looked into using glass jars instead of the cans? Most of our Juice is in glass containers. Why can't our beans, vegetables and fruit be packaged this way? I would never by my water or juice sold in a plastic jug. Another option would be the Tetra packs or the paper packaging the a company named Dr.McDougalls prides themselves in usning. It's a BPA-free packaging that is light weight and less costly to ship than glass.----------------------------------anne marie harpstreit
05/03/2010 4:58:45 PM CDT
Colleen A says ...
Are your plastic deli containers BPA free? These are the white-ish containers; "Plastic Packaging Corp., W. Springfield, MA; Re-usable; Dishwasher &amp; Microwave safe; HDPE #2". Are your clear olive bar containers BPA free? Thank you.
05/07/2010 11:58:28 AM CDT
dicksonj says ...
Hey Colleen, Plastic deli and olive bar containers are not made from polycarbonate plastic, which is the plastic resin made from BPA. Thanks!
05/07/2010 12:00:47 PM CDT
A. Guinness says ...
In January you mentioned research into whether the WF receipts contain BPA. What was the result on that? I'm sorry to hear that even the 365 cans have BPA ~ your coconut milk is the only canned product I eat! Too bad, it'll have to go. Anyway, thanks for working with other companies to look for alternatives. AG
05/16/2010 5:54:07 PM CDT
dicksonj says ...
Hey A., We found that certain papers contained BPA, and others were free of the substance. We’re in the process of helping our stores identify and transition to the non-BPA papers. Thanks!
05/16/2010 6:00:28 PM CDT
Kim says ...
Can you tell me if the frozen food bags as well as rice and dry bean container plastics also have BPA content? One other question is about the containers for the bulk food items...both the shipping and the "on shelf" containers. Would you give up using plastic wrap with cheeses, please?
05/19/2010 8:01:33 AM CDT
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
Jennifer Kisamore says ...
How can you tell if a can has a lining with BPA? I switched to using the 365 Everyday Value tomato paste and diced tomatoes rather than jarred sauces because I thought they were BPA free (there doesn't seem to be a lining in them) whereas the lids on the jars have a plastic undercoating. I also was wearry of another brands cans because they have a white lining. I thought that was BPA lining and the 365 cans were not, but that doesn't seem to be the case. How can you tell which are safe?
05/29/2010 10:47:37 PM CDT

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