Thoughts on the question of BPA in canning jar lids
Since the subject was brought up a few days I ago I have been doing a
little research. Here are some URL's to what other people who can have
said and also what some manufacturer's are saying.
I'm not sure of the validity of the opinion on the following site. I did
get out one of my Lehman bulk lids and did a scratch test on the inside
of the lid. Couldn't scrape any plastics off with a dental pick or a
sharp knife. Doesn't mean that BPA isn't there, just that I couldn't
find anything conclusive.
This one has done some reasonable studies and has taken a reasonable and
There are dozens of opinion pieces out there on BPA but I haven't seen
or read any scientific articles on BPA and canning jar lids. Seems the
Canadians started the row over BPA but no other country seems to be
alarmed at this stage of the game.
I'm not going to let BPA scare me out of using my lids because, believe
it or not, we're well past the reproductive age.<G> We do have small
great grand children who eat our jams and jellies but I don't think they
would get enough BPA into their systems that would interrupt their
normal hormonal stages.
Basically, if you believe BPA is harmful, use another lid than the
common one or give up home canning. Do realize of course that ALL or
nearly all "tin cans", commercial jar lids in the market are lined with
BPA, keeps the can or lid from rusting from the inside. Rusting from the
inside can really cause problems.
If anyone runs up on a true scientific study regarding the use of BPA on
jar lids and in food grade cans and any hazards they might have let me
Re: Thoughts on the question of BPA in canning jar lids
George Shirley wrote:
> I'm not going to let BPA scare me out of using my lids because, believe
> it or not, we're well past the reproductive age.<G> We do have small
> great grand children who eat our jams and jellies but I don't think they
> would get enough BPA into their systems that would interrupt their
> normal hormonal stages.
> Basically, if you believe BPA is harmful, use another lid than the
> common one or give up home canning. Do realize of course that ALL or
> nearly all "tin cans", commercial jar lids in the market are lined with
> BPA, keeps the can or lid from rusting from the inside. Rusting from the
> inside can really cause problems.
home canning, using glass jars and lids
possibly coated with plastic... well it
isn't the best situation, but does BPA
leach out of the plastic when it isn't
exposed directly to the contents? i don't
think many people store their jars upside
down or on their sides.
home canning still has to be better for
most people than buying canned items with
the whole can lined (not counting the
extras that seem to be added by the
processors like salt, corn syrup, colorings,
preservatives, whatever else they can get
for cheaper than actual nutritious
like you, i'm not worried about my
own reproductive state, but i dislike
the idea of releasing any more chemicals
into the world that can impact not only
human reproduction, but the reproduction
of all the other critters.
all lids here are recycled, so i can imagine
the heat of remelting and making new steel will
vaporize any plastics, hopefully well past the
dioxins/wierd compounds stage.