Updated October 2016
All NV canned products now have NON-INTENT BPA-free can linings (except for all of the NV Olives and the NV Dog Food). The olive canner is still testing BPA free lined cans.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a plasticizing chemical found in the epoxy linings of some cans, and in many other consumer products.
We understand that Our Customers are concerned about BPA, that’s why we make every effort to avoid it. Unfortunately, because of it’s widespread use, BPA persists at low levels in our environment (water, soil, air) and it cannot be 100% eliminated. This is why we cannot say “BPA-Free.”
Note that our plastic products (storage bags, wrap, trash bags) have always been NON-INTENT BPA FREE.
Some of our products that are in the redesigned cans – coconut products, cat food, tuna among them – have the NON-INTENT BPA Free lining info on the redesigned label. As we head into 2016 and we redesign more of our products, we will add the NON-INTENT BPA Free lining info to our cans.
This means that there is no BPA used or added in the formulation of the product.
We will continue to source NON-INTENT BPA free products as much as possible because we believe it is the right thing to do, for our customers and for the environment.
Here is the information on the Non-intent BPA FREE can lining for All Varieties of Our Organic Canned tomatoes:
We do not use the words Non-BPA as this is apparently a misnomer. Our suggested term is non-Epoxy [or non-intent], which means that BPA will not be a part of the initial can, but as you know BPA is now present in our world and will take years to disappear from water, soil and other places before we can say BPA free.
The description of the lining historically used which contained BPA Epoxy – also known as polyepoxide, is a thermosetting polymer formed from the reaction of an epoxide “resin” with a polyamine “hardener”.
The description of the new (non-epoxy) linings which do not contain BPA:
Vinyl – a compound used in plastic, plastic material, any resin formed by polymerization of compounds containing the vinyl group.
Polyester – a synthetic polymer in which the monomers are linked together by the chemical group -COO-. Use: resins, plastics, textile fibers.
Our can supplier cannot provide additional detail on the type(s) of coatings, epoxies or non-epoxies, used for application to the cans and ends manufactured. The information relative to the formulation details of the coatings are considered proprietary by our suppliers and as such, we are limited to the general descriptions as have been provided to our customers over the years.
As shown on materials specifications shared with [us], the non-epoxy coatings listed below are described appropriately:
V.19.5 Heavy single coat vinyl
V.19.6 Heavy single coat vinyl
V.20.5 Heavy single coat vinyl
V.20.6 Heavy single coat vinyl
W.3.3 Single coat white modified vinyl
X.A.82.5+X.C.4.5 Grey modified polyester base coat, clear modified polyester top coat
X.A.84.5+X.A.83.5 Grey vinyl base coat, grey vinyl top coat
X.P.3.5 Single coat modified polyester
X.P.4.5 Single coat modified polyester
Si.54.2 P2238 Vinyl organosol liquid
Si.64.2 P2238 Vinyl organosol liquid
Please be advised none of the alternative coatings to BPA-based epoxy coatings from [Our can supplier] are formulated with BPF, BPS or any other structural analog to BPA.