Bisphenol-A (BPA) Statement
Even though the US FDA has declared epoxy based can coatings that have Bisphenol-A (BPA) as a very minor component to be safe, Pacific Coast Producers recognizes some consumers prefer cans that do not contain any BPA. Beginning with our Retail fruit and tomato processing during the summer of 2013, we affected a transition away from epoxy based (BPA) can linings. Pacific Coast Producers can guarantee consumers that the lining of our Retail cans is now non-BPA and that ALL new production of Retail as well as Foodservice cans during the summer of 2016 will be non-BPA as well. Also, our single serve plastic bowls have always been made with materials that do not utilize BPA.
The Foodservice carryover product that we have on hand at this time will be used throughout our customer base from this point until we have used up these last cases. PCP expects to be shipping our Non BPA Foodservice sized canned fruits and tomatoes as soon as August 20th, 2016 and becoming fully non BPA for all shipments of all Foodservice products on or around April 20, 2017.
We offer the following comments to the questions related to polyvinyl chloride-based coatings:
1. Why did PCP choose the vinyl lining?
Our can supplier recommended this lining because it has demonstrated exceptional performance across a broad spectrum of tomato products over many years of use. It is the best choice for hot fill tomato packs in terms of stain and corrosion protection even exceeding the performance of BPA based epoxy coatings.
2. What type of environmental concerns are there when producing a can with vinyl lining?
Our supplier believes there are no significant environmental concerns with the production of this lining due to the low temperature production which does not cause harmful emissions.
3. What type of environmental concerns are there when recycling of a can with vinyl lining?
There are no specific environmental concerns regarding the recycling of a can with a vinyl lining.
Here is a letter from our can manufacturer on the subject of BPA: View letter
Mona Shulman, General Counsel