Just as I was picking up the phone to call for the pizza last week, I started to think about all of the cans that could likely be used on our pizza—canned tomato sauce, canned tomato paste, canned pineapple—and realized that we might have to change our pizza order if we wanted to steer clear of BPA, a chemical linked to breast cancer that's used in the lining of food cans.
What a bummer! We love ordering pizza. It's such a treat and after wrangling our 8-month-old into bed on a Friday night, the last thing I want to do is cook. But I wanted to make sure we stayed true to our pledge to kick the can this month, so I geared myself up to ask the order-taker if any canned goods go into my pies.
As I placed the call, I crossed my fingers and hoped that our local pizza place only used fresh ingredients.
Unfortunately, it doesn't. While the pineapple was fresh, canned tomatoes do go into the sauce. I called around to a couple of other places. Either they used cans or couldn't say for sure if they did or not.
It looked like we were out of luck.
Then my husband had an idea…what if we just ask for olive oil and fresh tomatoes on the pizza instead of sauce? Brilliant!
It was good (and can-free!), though I still missed my usual pizza.
Fortunately, you can find tomatoes in Tetra Paks instead of cans so I'm hoping my pizza parlor will make the switch soon—and I'll encourage it! Until then, I might try my hand at making pizza at home.
The thing is, I shouldn't have to make these calls in the first place and small businesses shouldn't have to worry about losing business because their suppliers use a toxic liner in their cans. It's time for canned food manufacturers to wake up and stop using BPA in their products. Join us in pledging to kick the can and sending a message to these companies!