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Thread: Thoughts on the question of BPA in canning jar lids

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    George Shirley Guest

    Default 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.

    http://voices.yahoo.com/bpa-canning-...s-5530863.html

    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.

    http://eatclosetohome.wordpress.com/...-canning-lids/

    This one has done some reasonable studies and has taken a reasonable and
    sensible approach.

    http://agardenerstable.com/2012/01/2...ning-bpa-free/

    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
    know.

    Curious George

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    songbird Guest

    Default 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
    ingredients).

    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.


    songbird

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