A while back I posted on Gerber and BPA and admittedly, I was confused and disappointed but I my opinion, concern and post was based on what the company told me and a letter from them. I was disappointed because Gerber’s a company I’ve wanted to trust and support. My kids ate Gerber and I wanted to not worry about what I used to feed them. Well, today I have gotten a email from the Environmental Working Group about this issue as well as a comment from Zrecs (which I love).
Here’s the comment from the Amanda with the Environmental Working Group and I think it might help some of you:
I just came across your post about BPA & those plastic Gerber containers, and I wanted to let you know that (to the best of our knowledge here at EWG), their plastic packaging really doesn’t contain BPA. The problem with the #7 rule is that for recycling, #7 actually just means “other” — a category that BPA-laden polycarbonate happens to fall into. Gerber’s layered polypropylene counts as “other,” so it gets the #7 even though it’s BPA-free. We tell people to avoid #7 plastic because most of it IS polycarbonate, but “bio” plastics made of corn also get marked #7 even though they’re BPA-free. It’s a catch-all.
It’s so frustrating to try to avoid the bad stuff when companies won’t give you real, clear-cut info, isn’t it?
Then Zrecs wrote me this comment:
#7 means “other.” Layered plastics composed of more than one plastic type generally fall into “other” because they are not recyclable using any of the other six sorting codes.
We have confirmed with Gerber that their organic baby food containers are a mix of plastic types numbers 1 and 2 and because they are a mix, they are not recyclable under either such category and are given a number 7 code for recycling. See the ZReport on BPA for more information.
This happens to be the greatest thing about blogging and working together. We can figure stuff out and learn from one another. This is why I love the internet and what I do! It also is proof at how freakin’ confusing all of this BPA stuff is and knowing who to trust and not trust. I hope that all of this is indeed true and that Gerber does not use BPA in their plastics but I still wonder why the letter written to me, defends the use of BPA? It’s confusing and if the operaters of all companies were more informed on the issues, that would help also! Hopefully, Gerber works toward eliminating BPA in all packaging, whether it be layered or not. Like previously mentioned in past posts, air on the side of caution, ask questions and when in doubt contact the company directly for information.
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