We are more aware than ever of what goes into, and onto, our bodies.
When it comes to food, we all know fresh is best, but in our busy world, convenience is also necessary. Packaged foods are often unavoidable, and while manufacturers are focused on quality ingredients, consumers are conscious of the impact their purchases can have on the health of their families and the environment. One example is the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic – used primarily in drink bottles but also in the lining of canned food. Over the years, both research and consumer concerns have led companies to remove BPA from their products.
Studies show that small amounts of BPA can migrate into food and beverages from plastic containers. Research on animals has shown links between BPA exposure and multiple health problems.
While Food Standards Australia
New Zealand says there is no health or safety issue at the levels people are exposed to BPA through packaging (and therefore there is no ban), consumers are still looking for alternatives, such as BPA-free water bottles and cans.
Campbell’s Soup has started using packaging lined with a BPA alternative in some of its products, and Brita now boasts 100 per cent BPA-free water bottles.
Ceres Organics – one of the leading wholesalers of organic products in Australia – has gone a step further, by developing renewable packaging for its canned tomatoes. Its new Combisafe cartons are manufactured with up to 75 per cent wood fibre – a renewable resource – which means they are not only better for the human body, but also for the environment.