INGREDIENTS FOR FLAVOR
Table salt adds seasoning and flavor.
Citric acid occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, lemons, limes, and tomatoes. We add it for tartness and to control the acidity of our products to ensure product safety. The citric acid we use is derived from either sugar beet or corn crops that may be grown from genetically modified seeds.
The natural flavors used in Campbell's Tomato Juice are derived directly from fruits and vegetables.
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Ascorbic acid is another name for vitamin C. It occurs naturally in many foods and we add it to replace the naturally-occurring vitamin C in tomatoes that may be lost during preparing and cooking the juice.
GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS
In America, approximately 90% of all canola, corn, soybean and sugar beet crops are grown from genetically modified seeds. Farmers have been using these seeds for more than 20 years as they are safe, reduce costs and improve yields.
One ingredient in Campbell’s Tomato Juice is derived from one of these crops. That is:
- citric acid
All other ingredients are not genetically modified.
Campbell’s Tomato Juice is packaged in steel cans and PET recyclable bottles. PET bottles do not contain BPA.
Cans are among the safest, most convenient, affordable and environmentally sustainable forms of packaging. The cans we use are recyclable and contain a 70% total average recycled content rate.
Our cans are coated on the inside with a thin layer of plastic to separate the food from the metal. This keeps the food safe and preserves its nutritional value. Often this lining contains a substance called bisphenol A or BPA. Based on extensive studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and many other regulatory agencies around the world have said that BPA is safe to use in packaging.
In March 2016, we announced plans to transition to non-BPA can linings and coatings and started shipping cans with linings made from acrylic or polyester. We expect this transition to be complete by mid-2017. We understand that some people would prefer to avoid BPA, so we suggest choosing juice in PET bottles.
OUR PACKAGING AND BPA
We understand that some people would prefer to avoid bisphenol A (BPA), although FDA has determined that it’s safe to use in food packaging. Historically, BPA has been used in food packaging to line metal cans and to preserve the food’s taste and its nutritional value.
PET bottles, pouches and cartons such as those used for V8® beverages, Swanson® broths and Campbell’s sauces are (and have always been) non-BPA packaging.
Campbell has transitioned to non-BPA lining in all of our aluminum and steel cans in the United States and Canada.
The containers of a few other products have metal components that have limited food contact points but are key to ensuring that the lids remain tight. BPA is used as a coating on that metal but in small amounts and we continue to work on packaging alternatives.