After ridding its Private Brand baby products of BPA, Kroger is now eliminating the chemical from cans it uses in its Private Brands. Kroger plans to have it completely off its register tape by the end of the year and will remove it from the linings of its Private Brand canned goods “as quickly as possible.”
According to an article in the Columbus Dispatch: “While there is no conclusive scientific evidence that minimal exposure to BPA in can linings poses any risks to consumers, Kroger has begun a process that we believe will result in the removal of BPA in the linings of canned goods in all of our corporate brand items,” Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said. “Customers are interested in the issue and what the company is doing on the issue.”
BPA has been used for years in bottles, canned-food linings and numerous household products. Companies use it to guard against contaminants and to extend a product’s shelf life.
At least 20 states have banned or are considering banning BPA in certain instances. Maine has banned the chemical in reusable food and beverage containers, and Oregon is considering a ban on BPA in baby bottles and training, or “sippy,” cups. Connecticut is considering a ban on the chemical in receipt paper.
Giant Eagle is “closely monitoring findings related to BPA,” spokesman Dan Donovan said in an email. “At this time, the FDA is not recommending that families change the use of infant formula or foods,” he said. “As such, we have no … plans to change current packaging of our products, nor our register receipt paper.”
Kroger’s move affects its Private Brands, which include Kroger, Value Brand, Private Selection, Comforts, Mirra, Active Lifestyle and Fresh Selections.