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General Mills to Pull BPA from Muir Glen Organic Tomato Cans

Muir Glen, a subsidiary of General Mills, will be switching to metal can packaging that does not contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that numerous food and product makers have moved away from.

In its recent Corporate Social Responsibility 2010 report, General Mills states that it believes BPA is safe, but goes on to say, "However, we know that some of our consumers would like us to pursue alternatives - and we are working with our can suppliers and can manufacturers to develop and test alternative linings that do not use BPA."

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency have expressed concern over the chemical and started to take action to study it further.

BPA has been connected to a range of health concerns like cancer, developmental problems and reproductive issues in laboratory tests. Some states and cities in the U.S. have banned its use in certain products, primarily in items for young children that will come into contact with food. Many companies have voluntarily removed BPA from their products or required suppliers to provide BPA-free options.

The chemical is found in numerous products, but its use in hard plastics and plastic liners in metal cans have been of primary concern because in those cases it can more easily leach into foods and, in turn, into people's bodies.