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Posted by berrybusy (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 3, 13 at 0:13

That coating they put on the canning lids now...

Are you concerned?

Seems to me it's a fairly recent addition to the design. I have older lids that don't have that coating.

Just wondering, what with the latest news and all.

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RE: bpa?

I know we have had numerous previous discussions about this but those discussions are mixed in all the 'lids' and the 'Tattler' discussions so are difficult to pull up separately.

So from what I can recall: 1) most, including me, aren't concerned as the food has little if any contact with the lid itself anyway, 2) not all lids have the BPA coating. There are generics that are listed as BPA free and of course the Tattler lids. 3) Then there is the "better BPA than the molds and rust that grew on the old ones" belief, and 4) then there are the "if not this, then something else is going to get you anyway so give up eating and breathing" discussions. (Currently one on the Tomatoes forum here.)

So we each have to make our own choice. If it is a real concern to you, the options currently are to switch to Tattler lids (or other BPA free lids) or to Weck type jars. Good article on the issue linked below.


Here is a link that might be useful: Article: BPA in Canning Lids

RE: bpa?

My understanding is that the BPA is INSIDE the lid, between layers. It's there because some acidic foods will otherwise eat away at the lids, causing safety issues. Because it's not on the part of the lid that the food touches, I'm not very concerned.

RE: bpa?

I would personally avoid it and any other plastics for that matter.. But this is coming from a man who doesn't cook his food... I won't even use metal water bottles, still leaches copper and who know what... Let alone cooking pans... Oh boy, scary... Dont live in fear. What's scary is not knowing why you are eating. At least your canning your own instead of buying the stores garbage... Your doing better than most people, good job.. Personally I try to only eat raw foods, fruits and vege... Hope this helps


RE: bpa?

The Tattler lids emit formaldehyde if the temp. is high enough. Ball was supposed to do away with the BPA. It is only the white coated lids, not the metal ones.

I order bulk lids from Lehmans and use them.

RE: bpa?

I hadn't heard that BPA is only with the white coated lids - in fact, I've never even seen white coated canning lids!

RE: bpa?

Jarden (Ball and Kerr) started distributing BPA free lids in January 2013. Apparently there is a code stamped on the box by the flag for the early released boxes, and they will start labeling the boxes as BPA free this summer. I was at Lowes yesterday and noticed they had a package of the wide mouth pints marked as BPA free. The coating is still whitish but not as much as the old ones which contained BPA.

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