|Praises, no criticism|
|Some praise, no criticism|
|Praises, some criticism|
|Criticism, some praise|
Note: Ratings are based on company record, including parent companies.
They are not a comment on the product itself.
|Outstanding Product Feature|
|Animal Ingredients Alert|
|The Guide > Food & Drink > Canned & Packet Food > Canned Meat/Meals|
Bisphenol A (BPA) is the basis for plastics such as polycarbonates and is found in consumer goods such as baby bottles, plastic microwave food containers and canned food and beverage linings. On October 2008, Canada became the first country to formally declare BPA hazardous to human health, due to its links with a wide range of health disorders from infertility, breast and prostate cancer, to thyroid malfunction, attention deficit syndrome and recurrent miscarriage. It is commonly found in PVC and PS plastic packaging (cordial bottles, yoghurt tubs) and in the lining of canned food tins. [Bisphenol-A Website]
- You can reduce exposure to BPA by avoiding the following plastics: No.3 - PVC (Polyvinyl chloride), No.6 - PS (PolyStyrene), No.7 - includes PC (PolyCarbonate).
- See full report by 'Choice' magazine, Sept 2010 [full report]
- Take action on BPA ' email Health minister to say you want all foods made for babies and toddlers to be BFA-free. [Choice - Food labeling]
- See which companies are taking steps to remove BPA from their products in this report by As You Sow: [Seeking Safer Packaging 2010: Ranking Food Companies on BPA]
This product type is likely to contain nitrates (additive numbers 249 - 252), associated with a range of intolerance symptoms such as headaches, irritable bowel symptoms, itchy rashes, asthma, children's behaviour problems, difficulty falling asleep and frequent night waking. Nitrates are commonly found in cured & processed meats (in bacon, ham, corned beef, saveloys and hot dogs, devon, salami-type sausages and some luncheon rolls). [Fedup]
- Avoid 249, 250, 251, 252.
- The food preservatives sodium nitrite (250) and sodium nitrate (251) ' typically found in processed meats ' are both listed as "probably carcinogenic to humans" by WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer, because they can be converted to cancer-causing nitrosamines in the stomach. Nitrosamines can increase the risk of gastric cancer, although this risk is small. In processed foods, however, sodium nitrite and nitrate prevent the growth of bacteria that cause botulism poisoning, which can be deadly. [Choice report 2008]
- See the Chemical Maze app and book to instantly identify food additives with ease. Comprehensive food additive information at your fingertips. [The Chemical Maze]
- For food additives derived from animal products. [VNV]
- See safe food additive alternatives. [Fedup]
Contains meat & fats (Information compiled by Aduki)
|Podravka||Podravka International (Podravka)||CRO||2|
|Plumrose||Zwanenberg Australia (Zwanenberg)||NLD||2|
|Chop Chop||Davies Foods||NZL||3|
|Fray Bentos||Campbell Australia (Campbell Soup Co)||USA||4|
|Harvest||Simplot Australia (Simplot)||USA||4|
|Hamper||Heinz Australia (Kraft Heinz)||USA||6|
|Heinz||Heinz Australia (Kraft Heinz)||USA||6|
|Tom Piper||Heinz Australia (Kraft Heinz)||USA||6|
|Hormel||Hormel Foods Australia (Hormel)||USA||6|
|Spam||Hormel Foods Australia (Hormel)||USA||6|
|Stagg||Hormel Foods Australia (Hormel)||USA||6|