Food companies graded on BPA

After several baby bottle manufacturers announced their plans to phase out polycarbonate baby bottles that might contain bisphenol-A, the pressure is on for food and beverage manufacturers to do the same in their packaging.

A new report from investment advisory firm Green Century Capital Management and noprofit group As You Sow said food and beverage companies are not doing enough to seek alternatives to BPA, which is used to line food and beverage cans.

According to the study, Hain Celestial, Heinz, and Nestle are the only companies that plan to phase out BPA in some of their products. Heinz is said to be the only respondent already using a substitute to BPA in some of its can linings.

“Alternatives to BPA exist for many products. We believe companies should implement all feasible alternatives and increase investments into substitute can linings for all products, including highly-acidic foods.”

The groups evaluated companies based on their efforts to find and implement alternatives to BPA; plans to phase out BPA and in products for which alternatives exist; and transparency on the issue. here’s their score card. The non-responders (Chiquita, Dean Foods, Hormel, Sara lee, SYSCO, Unilever) were automatically given an ‘F.’

Company Grade Company Grade
Hain Celestial C Campbell F
Heinz C Coca-Cola F
Nestle D+ McCormick & Co F
Kellogg D Kraft F
ConAgra D Hershey F
General Mills D JM Smucker F
PepsiCo D Del Monte F
Chiquita F
Dean Foods F
Hormel F
Sara Lee F
SYSCO F
Unilever F

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