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BPA Statement: Hain Celestial

Below is the statement from Hain Celestial on BPA. You can download the document on the link below:

Date: April 1, 2010

Re: Bisphenol-A (BPA)

The Hain Celestial Group is deeply committed to the health and safety of our consumers, and recognizes and shares the public's concern over the safety of Bisphenol-A (BPA). We have been working toward eliminating BPA from our packaging, although BPA has long been approved for use in the packaging material of packaged food products by international regulatory bodies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 50 years. We are disappointed that the FDA announcement earlier this year failed to provide clearer guidance to industry on the safety of BPA, although it acknowledged concern over BPA exposure in specific population groups and announced plans for further study.

We therefore continue to vigilantly monitor current and emerging science with regard to availability of alternative materials, as well as all state and federal regulations on BPA, to determine our course of action. This includes the precautionary removal of BPA from our packaging where safe and feasible, and only after confirming that product integrity will not be compromised. In March 2009, we successfully commercialized a BPA-free canister for our Earth’s Best® infant formula.

We have an active research program, and have been collaborating with packaging material experts and suppliers for the past two years to help to identify and evaluate BPA-free packaging materials across the rest of our Earth’s Best® infant and baby food products. We are also aware of the Connecticut and Minnesota state bans on BPA that are specific to infant and baby food products. However, at present there are no commercially available BPA-free packaging alternatives that are safe and effective for coatings used in jar lids and for the linings of steel cans containing acidic products. The current resin inner coating of our metal lids used for Earth’s Best® jarred foods products does contain BPA in one of the coating materials, although it does not come in direct contact with the food. We are currently evaluating a number of non-epoxy coatings under various storage and accelerated testing conditions. However, it is critically important that any BPA-free materials be evaluated over the entire two-year shelf life of our products to ensure the integrity of the material and product safety.

The biggest challenge for us, and for the industry at large, is finding BPA-free packaging alternatives for baby food jars that meet equivalent product quality and safety requirements. Our commitment to our customers and consumers is to produce the safest and highest quality products that comply with state and federal regulations.

Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

Yours truly,

Gerry F. Amantea, PhD
Vice President, Technical Services

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