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Sonoco, considered the industry leader in non-BPA (Bisphenol A) easy-open ends, introduced its first non-BPA closures in 2008.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an essential component of epoxy coatings that have been used on metal cans and closures for more than half a century. In the past decade, however, BPA has become a controversial chemical. While the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Agency have determined that the trace residuals of BPA that can be found in epoxy coatings are not harmful, there is widespread public concern over the potential health effects of higher levels of BPA exposure. This has spurred most food manufacturers to seek alternative can and closure coatings, based on materials that do not include BPA.

Sonoco responded quickly when concerns over BPA first surfaced, and introduced its first non-BPA closures in 2008. Today, the Company is considered an industry leader in the production of non-BPA easy-open can ends. We currently offer a variety of non-BPA membrane, aluminum and steel closures, including Ultraseal® membrane ends designed specifically for the powdered infant formula market.

Sonoco remains committed to providing safe and effective packaging options designed to meet our customers’ needs. As part of that commitment, we will continue to monitor global regulatory and product safety developments relating to BPA use and other topics relevant to our products.