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BPA Free Tomatoes

In a post a couple years back, I discussed some of the hazards of Bisphenol A and listed some BPA free canned food products. Among them were even canned tomatoes, namely those from Muir Glen, though they’re considerably more expensive. The best price is probably that obtained by buying a 12-pack from Amazon.

Anyway, I’m revisiting this topic because I was recently alerted to the existence of boxed tomato products from Pomi. These are presumably BPA-free, but I’ve written to them to seek official verification.

Before we celebrate too much, however, there may still be health issues with Tetra Paks. The company responds to such concerns in their FAQ by answering the question “Are aseptic packages safe?” thusly:

Yes. There are no health concerns associated with the aseptic package. The silver material you see on the inside of the aseptic package is an ultra-thin layer of aluminum, which forms a barrier against light and oxygen, eliminating the need for refrigeration and preventing spoilage without using preservatives. Aluminum does not touch the food product. The inside layer of an aseptic package, which touches the product, is polyethylene (plastic), not aluminum. Moreover, there is no leaching of aluminum or aluminum components through the polyethylene layer. The polyethylene used in the aseptic package, low-density polyethylene (LDPE), is an FDA-approved food-contact surface material. It is the only material in the package that comes in contact with the food product, and in addition, industry tests have shown that no polyethylene leaches into the food product.

-from http://zoblue.com/assets/prof/tetrapak/faq.html#12

Returning to the positives, they’re much easier to fit in your cabinets, they’re only slightly more costly ($2.29 at my local grocery store), and check out that list of no’s (No fat, no sodium added, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, no water added, no citric acid, no refrigeration required)!

Lastly, they taste like tomatoes should; while at Scott’s a couple weekends ago, we made a pasta sauce with the strained tomatoes and a salsa with the chopped, and they were fresh and worked well. That said, Muir Glen’s Smoked Diced tomatoes are still the favorite in their household.

4 Responses to “BPA Free Tomatoes”

  1. I’m curious and wary still of even low-density polyethylene. Yet the tomatoes do intrigue me.

    What’s the shelf life of the unopened tomatoes? And what about opened?

  2. Erin says:

    Hi Faith,

    The shelf life appears to be a little over a year (expiration on the ones in my cabinet are Feb 2014). Once opened, if you don’t use them all in a recipe, I’d store them in the fridge in a glass container. Not sure exactly how long it’d keep, probably 2-3 days for the diced tomatoes and a bit longer for the puree?

  3. Erin says:

    Just noticed another “No” to add to the list. On the back of the package, they inform us the tomatoes are not GMO. :)

  4. Erin says:

    Good news! While I never got a reply from the company regarding whether their packaging really is BPA free as it seemed, I noticed they’ve now added the “BPA free” claim to the side panel! So it’s official. :)

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