It’s still manly, but soon cans of Manwich sloppy joe will be BPA-free. ConAgra Foods, maker of the macho meal along with the slightly more metro-sexual Chef Boyardee, will be using Bisphenol A (BPA)-free packaging at all of its North American facilities as of July 30, according to a company release.
The company joins other major manufacturers such as Campbell Soup Co. and General Mills eliminating the chemical from its products. The shift reflects how consumers’ growing preference for natural ingredients is extending to include a preference for natural packaging as well, notes a post about ConAgra’s changes on fooddive.com.
The FDA banned BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups in 2012. The compound has been associated with heart disease, cancer and other health problems. This spring, new research published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association, suggested it can have a direct and nearly immediate impact on the cardiovascular system.
ConAgra ventured into the growing natural and organic frozen food category earlier this year when it acquired Blake’s All Natural Foods. Blake’s offers healthier and special-diet-friendly items including gluten-free pot pies and macaroni and cheese.