Canned tomatoes and sauces
The FDA, based on its most recent safety assessment, has deemed levels of BPA in canned foods safe for human consumption, but watchdog organizations still warn that BPA negatively affects health. In response to consumer demand, the tomato industry has changed its practices, and today at least 90 percent of all retail processed tomato products do not use BPA. This may be especially important with acidic foods because they leach out the BPA more than other foods—when BPA is present, canned tomatoes and tomato sauces tend to test higher in BPA content, according to Consumer Reports. Alternate packaging, such as tomato sauces in glass jars or chopped tomatoes in boxed containers lessen the amount of BPA content. For example, the brands Pomi and Cirio package their chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce in boxes. Many marinara varieties are available in glass jars. Tomato paste, although not shown to be high in BPA, can be purchased in tubes rather than cans—look for the brands San Marzano, Mutti, Amore, and Cento. When purchasing canned tomatoes, look for packaging with the phrase “BPA Free.”
Health Canada, the government health department, reported that canned tuna contained the highest amount of BPA among a wide variety of canned foods. Fortunately for tuna lovers, shelf-stable pouches provide an alternative to the canned version. Popular brands Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee, and Starkist sell tuna pouches.