Processed Foods Defects degraded Food Containers Cans Glass Plastic Paperboard BPA Bisphenol-A BPAs Green Scheme Dallas-Fort Worth DFW North Central Texas North Texas
Dallas-Fort Worth, NorthCentral Texas Processed Foods: Recognize Defects in FoodContainers Food Solutions for the Green Scheme of DFW
Many of us were brought up with a mantra of caution: “Never eat food from a metal can that has a bulge in the ends.”
New mothers are often told that the cap on the baby food jar should not bulge and it should definitely “pop” when opened.
Containers that are made of plastic or paper also hold canned food. What about those other “cans?”
Environmental solutions in the green scheme of DFW also call for more of us preserving food at home. What about those glass jars?
Guidelines were developed by the FDA for recognizing defects in food canned in other materials, too. Cans are degraded and spoiling may occur in
Plastic Cans 1. Opening or non-bonding in seal 2. Break in the plastic 3. Fractured lid 4, Swollen or bulging package
Paperboard Cans 1. Slash or slice in the package 2. Leak in a corner of the package 3. Swollen or bulging package 4. Patch in the seal where bonding or adhesive is missing
Glass Jars 1. Damaged seal 2. Crack in the glass of the jar 3. Loss of vacuum indicated by a pop-top that does not pop when opened
Flexible Pouches 1. Break in adhesive across width of seal 2. Swollen or bulging package 3. Slash or break in the package 4. Leak at a manufactured notch used for easy opening
Metal Cans 1. Can with bulging ends 2. Fracture in the double seam 3. Pinhole or puncture in body of the can 4. Non-welded portion of the side seam 5. Leak from anywhere in the can 6. An obvious opening underneath the double seam on the top/bottom of can
Another Problem The bulge or swelling is not the only danger in canned foods, however. BPA in can linings is quite dangerous, too.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a synthetic estrogen used in the manufacture of many plastics. It has been banned from baby bottles , but is still present in many other plastics, especially water bottles, and the lining of most cans. It has been shown to increase insulin resistance in animal studies. An estimated 93% of us in the U.S. have elevated BPAs in our bodies.
Our research has shown that Eden Foods is the only known canned product as of 2011 that does not have BPA in the lining of the cans.