Do you shop at Kroger? If you do, you are about to get one step closer to BPA-free shopping thanks to a proactive move by the supermarket chain to ban BPA from its canned foods and receipts.
Cincinnati-based Kroger announced last week that in addition to making sure there is no BPA in the baby products it sells, the store is ridding the chemical from its store brand canned foods and purchasing BPA-free paper for its store receipts.
Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey said the move was in response to customer feedback and emerging concerns regarding the safety of BPA.
"While there is no conclusive scientific evidence that minimal exposure to BPA in can linings poses any risks to consumers, Kroger has begun a process that we believe will result in the removal of BPA in the linings of canned goods in all of our corporate brand items," he told the Columbus-Times Dispatch. "Customers are interested in the issue and what the company is doing on the issue."
Kroger's move affects its private-label brands, which include Kroger, Value Brand, Private Selection, Comforts, Mirra, Active Lifestyle and Fresh Selections.
Grocery store analyst David J. Livingston thinks Kroger’s move might encourage other retailers to take make similar changes. “This stuff could be perfectly safe, but if the customers think it’s not, then Kroger is making this move to keep them happy,” he observed.
Nice move Kroger! You can bet that I'll be shifting my shopping dollars in your direction.