ConAgra eliminating BPA from packaging

by Keith Nunes
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ConAgra's transition away from the use of BPA affects its PAM, Chef Boyardee, Reddi-wip, Hunt's, Rotel, Van Camp's, and Dennison's brands.

OMAHA — ConAgra Foods has transitioned all of the company’s plants in the United States and Canada away from the use of Bisphenol A (BPA). Brands affected by the transition include Hunt’s, Reddi-wip, Rotel, Van Camp’s, Libby’s, Dennison’s, Chef Boyardee and PAM.

“Our ongoing commitment to consumers means that we constantly work to improve our packaging to assure quality and the overall experience,” said Gail Tavill, vice-president of packaging and sustainable productivity for ConAgra Foods. “We recognize consumer interest in removing BPA from our cans and are pleased to be able to respond to that desire and offer food that our consumers can feel confident in.”

The company said it began work on eliminating the use of BPA in 2010, but some products required a new approach due to acidity or other attributes. ConAgra worked with the Ardagh Group, a Luxembourg-based packaging supplier, to develop the capacity and supply required to meet ConAgra’s needs. ConAgra said all foods canned in its U.S. and Canadian plants will be packaged in cans with non-BPA liners. The company does import into the United States and Canada a small quantity of canned products with BPA liners and is working with the suppliers of the products to convert to non-BPA liners by early 2016.
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