Europe stands firm after BPA review, chocolate in a can and more headlines


Our monthly roundup of news about cans and metal packaging from around the world…

European authority declines to re-evaluate BPA safety thresholds
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is standing by its determination that bisphenol A is safe at normal doses. After reviewing a pair of studies that suggested BPA ingestion led to food intolerance and compromised immune response to parasitic infection, ESFA found that the methodology prevented meaningful assessment of the results and that the data was too “scattered and variable” to warrant changing the tolerable daily intake for BPA.

A history of innovation
From the first American cannery, opened in Delaware in 1856, to the canned food served on the International Space Station in 2006, here’s a pictorial look at evolution and innovation in canned foods through modern history.

Finally: canned chocolates
German chocolate maker Ovidias introduced a can full of fancy chocolates. Packed in 330-oz. cans made by Ball Corp. and sold through Ovidias’ website, the chocolates come with names like Divine (white chocolate) and Zorba (dark chocoloate). We don’t know how many dentists recommend them, and we’re not going to ask.

Is the supposed shift in science really just bad science?
The researchers and activists behind many public-health claims tout a paradigm shift in science, away from industry-funded research. But are the results of the studies they cite valid? Not according to scientist and consultant Christopher J. Bogert. “Rather than making discoveries that established science cannot explain, advocates are simply making new allegations, using unique interpretations that have already been rejected by established scientific theory,” he writes.

How to cut down on tailgate waste
Because football fans aren’t the only things that get wasted at tailgate parties, universities are creating zero-waste tailgating sections that only allow aluminum cans for beverages. It’s part of a growing trend: sustainable tailgating.