The BPA saga continues…..
Do you can? I make strawberry jam every summer – that is the extent of my canning expertise. Unfortunately, I just found out that my favorite Ball canning jars have BPA in the lid.
Jarden Home Brands is the manufacturer of many of the most popular home canning products : Ball, Kerr, Golden Harvest, and Bernardin. On their website, they state “the coating on our home canning lids is designed to protect the metal from reacting with the food it contains. A small amount of Bisphenol A is present in the coating.”
However, the good news for those of you with the plastic canning containers and lids – they DO NOT contain BPA.
It figures that I would buy glass canning jars because overall, I think glass is safer than plastic and then the stinkin’ lids would have BPA! So disappointing – I have 50 Ball jam jars!
If you are interested in complaining to Jarden to encourage them to find a safer way to manufacture their canning lids – do it here!
You can purchase BPA FREE canning jars and lids from Weck Canning, a German company. This is the only alternative I have found. Let me know if you found anything else!
UPDATE: There are now more BPA free options for canning jar lids. Please see my updated list here.