Food Packaging Tips

  • Avoid canned foods when possible, choose fresh or frozen instead.  The majority of canned food is lined with BPA, a hormone disrupting chemical, that leaches from the lining.

  • Purchase canned foods only from companies that fully disclose the identity and safety of their can linings.  

  • Choose safer packaging such as paper, glass, tetra packs or food packaged in #1, #2, #4 or #5 plastics.

What's a Tetra pack? Tetra packs, commonly used for kid's juice boxes, are made primarily of paperboard with thin layers of LDPE plastic and aluminum foil. More food is being packaged in Tetra packs, such as beans, soup and broth.

  • Avoid microwave popcorn and grease resistant food packaging which often contains PFCs. PFC chemicals have been linked to a variety of adverse health effects.