In a move based on customer feedback about Bisphenol A (BPA) safety concerns, Cincinnati-based Kroger announced this month that they’re going to make sure that all baby products sold in their store are BPA-free. Additionally, Kroger stores will also be eliminating BPA from Kroger store brand canned foods and purchasing BPA-free paper for store receipts.
No official timeline for the switch to BPA-free products has been noted, just that Kroger plans to be using all BPA-free register paper by the end of the year and to replace canned food lining asap.
Kind of like the Kroger bag banning shenanigans, they’re not doing this to be eco-friendly or healthy, they’re working the PR angle.
Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey told the The Columbus Dispatch:
“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. Customers are interested in the issue and what the company is doing on the issue.”
Kroger apparently, officially, feels that BPA is fine and dandy, but they’re trying to ease customer concerns. Do I care that Kroger is patronizing other consumers and myself? Not terribly. Fred Meyers is the closest grocery store to my home, so I tend to shop there. I’m down with any healthy decisions Kroger may make – I don’t much care why.
Additionally, the Kroger co. currently owns 2,458 grocery retail stores in 31 states, along with 786 convenience stores ad a bunch of jewelry stores, food processing and manufacturing facilities, supermarket fuel centers and pharmacies. They also employ about 334,000 individuals. There’s probably a Kroger something near you.
Any positive changes Kroger makes (no matter the reason) is sure to impact many people plus make other grocers stand up and take notice.
Now, if only Kroger would solve their factory farmed organic milk issues…