July 08, 2010
Phasing out of BPA in Heinz baby food packaging
Heinz is moving to Bisphenol A (BPA) free packaging for all its baby food products with canned baby foods being the first priority. Heinz Nurture infant formula cans and the Heinz Baby Basics Feeding range are already BPA free.
BPA is a chemical used in the manufacture of plastics and synthetic resins. It can be found in containers that hold food or have contact with food such as plastic bottles, plastic tableware and the internal linings of cans. In some cases, small amounts of the chemicals in the food packaging may leach into the food product.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) recently evaluated the safety of BPA and plasticisers in food concluding that the levels of intake are low and pose no risk to infants or any other age group (1). Despite these reassurances from FSANZ, Australian consumers continue to be concerned about BPA. In response to these consumer concerns, Heinz is phasing out BPA in its packaging. Recently, major Australian retailers also annouched they would be phasing out the sale of BPA containing baby bottles in their stores (2).
All Heinz infant and toddler foods remain completely safe while the phase out is underway.
In addition to Heinz Nurture infant formula cans and the Heinz Baby Basics Feeding range, all Heinz plastic ketchup and sauce bottles, pouches, pottles, plastic juice containers, snacks, cereal packaging and frozen products are all BPA free.
1. FSANZ. Bisphenol A (BPA) and food packaging. Fact Sheet January 2010 http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/scienceandeducation/factsheets/factsheets2010/bisphenolabpaandfood4701.cfm
2. FSANZ. Government announces BPA baby bottle phase out. Media release 30th June 2010 http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/newsroom
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