Campbell Soup Co. is going BPA free because it's 2016, darn it

Mar 30, 2016 at 10:52 a.m. ET
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Some good news to start your day? Campbell Soup Company is switching to BPA-free cans by mid-2017. Hooray, right? The company announced it is phasing out cans lined with bisphenol A in products for North America. (Sorry, rest of the world. We're sure you're next.)

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In fact, Campbell's says it already started using linings made of acrylic or polyester materials this month. And by December it expects to have 75 percent of its cans lined with the new stuff.

Oh yeah, doin' it right, Campbell's. Nice job. High-five. I mean, how long have we been asking for this? How long have we been waving report after report showing BPA is terrible for humans and the Earth? Years, that's how long. They finally listened to us. And you know what happens when a big company makes a bold change like this — other companies follow suit. So expect to see more announcements like this one.

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And let's not forget the pioneers in the BPA-free cans movement — the smaller companies who made these changes ages ago. I don't know how up-to-date or reliable this BPA-free canned food companies list is, but I'd like to salute the companies on it. We're glad to see Campbell's has made this change, but many other companies led those changes.

Anyway, in case you're wondering, yes, this change includes non-soup foods like SpaghettiOs and gravy. Whatever they put in cans, it's getting that new lining. As much as we all love fresh, seasonal foods, I know we all use a hell of a lot of canned foods as well. So this is excellent.

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