Publix is committed to meeting the highest standards of safety for every product we carry. Our mission is to offer a wide variety of safe and affordable food choices for you and your family.
Safety not only includes the food products themselves, but the packaging they come in. We understand that some of our customers may be interested in knowing more about Bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical is added to some plastic containers and can liners to keep products fresh and to inhibit package corrosion. We believe you have a right to know about the use of BPA in Publix products and we are happy to share information about our products, policies and safety information.
Publix’s drink bottles, milk jugs and water jugs/bottles do not contain BPA, nor do Publix storage bags or our register receipt paper. While the linings for our canned products do contain BPA (excluding GreenWise Market brand canned vegetables, beans and tomatoes), the tested levels are well below those established as safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Due to concerns shared by Publix and our customers, we initiated conversations with our Publix brand suppliers requesting information on alternatives to BPA in packaged food containers. This included requests for the evaluation of alternative linings that would achieve the same level of shelf life, sterilization and safety that linings with BPA provide. While some manufacturers were able to make this change, many suppliers of canned goods still have a thin lining containing a small amount of BPA to help maintain the integrity of the products.
The FDA conducted a safety assessment between 2009 and 2013 and determined that dietary exposure to BPA in packaging with levels in the very low parts per billion range was well below the levels that would cause adverse health effects. In 2014, the agency announced BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in food packaging. Regardless, Publix is committed to being a champion for our customers, and we will continue to work with our Publix brand suppliers to limit the use of BPA in food packaging.
Your safety and health are top priorities for Publix. We strive to ensure that you have absolute confidence in the products we sell and access to foods that fit your preferences. We appreciate your input and invite you to share your thoughts with us.