Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Eden Avoids Toxins in Their Canned Foods

by Sandra K. Baker
Eden Foods
April 30, 2008

Eden cans have "crimped" seams, using no solder. Eden Organic Beans are packed in steel cans coated with a baked on oleoresinous (a natural mixture of an oil and a resin extracted from various plants, such as pine or balsam fir) c-enamel lining, that does not contain bisphenol-A.

These cans cost 14% more than the industry standard cans, which do contain bisphenol-A. Eden Foods learned through reading and customer feedback that bisphenol-A was an issue in Europe. Immediately upon learning of this we contacted our can manufacturers and settled on supply from the Ball Corporation, the only company to address this issue with a solution. To the best of our knowledge, to date we are the only US manufacturer doing so, and have been told this by Ball Corp.

Eden began using the BPA-free can lining for EDEN Organic Beans in 1999. Ball first made this can for us April 22, 1999. All Eden Organic Beans are produced at our AIB International 'Superior Rated' (the highest rating) kosher cannery, Meridian Foods in Indiana.

Products include:
12 varieties of EDEN Organic Unseasoned Beans in 15 ounce cans
4 varieties of EDEN Organic Unseasoned Beans in 108 ounce cans
6 varieties of EDEN Organic Refried Beans in 15 and 16 ounce cans
5 varieties of EDEN Organic Seasoned Beans in 15 ounce cans
6 varieties of EDEN Organic Rice & Beans in 15 ounce cans

Eden Organic Canned Tomatoes are packed by a co-packer. They are packed in steel cans coated with a baked on r-enamel lining. Due to the acidity of tomatoes, (to prevent the can from rusting) the lining is epoxy based and contains a minute amount of bisphenol-A. In extraction test on the r-enamel lined can bisphenol-A was found to be in the “non-detectable” range. The test was based on a detection limit of 5 ppb (parts per billion).

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