How to clean aluminum cans
Posted On July 24, 2021
It is the latest in a string of scandals that has engulfed Canada’s aluminum industry, but it’s not the first time that it has come under scrutiny.
Last year, the province’s top court ruled that aluminum cans are “non-hazardous” in a landmark ruling that has led to a string in recalls and even fines.
In 2014, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency fined the company Nestlé Canada $1.1 million for failing to notify consumers about a “dangers” to health associated with aluminum cans.
The agency’s ruling also cited the company’s marketing campaigns to warn about aluminum toxicity, but that claim was later retracted.
The new lawsuit, filed in British Columbia province, argues that the federal government failed to adequately regulate the industry in order to prevent the dangers posed by aluminum cans from emerging.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal courts of British Columbia and Ontario, seeks damages and damages against Nestlé, the Food and Drug Administration, the Canada Food Inspection Service, and the Ontario Provincial Police.
Nestlé is listed on the federal register of chemicals as a “contaminant of concern” and has been under investigation by the FDA and Canada’s Public Health Agency for its use of aluminum in cans.
In May 2015, Nestlé recalled millions of cans after a test found elevated levels of aluminum, according to the lawsuit.
The company’s website also stated that it “does not use aluminum cans in the production of any product.”
The Canadian Food Information Centre, an industry group, reported that between January 2014 and December 2016, aluminum has been detected in over 50 million cans and packaging in Canada.
It also said that aluminum concentrations are “higher than the safe limits” for human consumption.
According to the Canadian Medical Association, the “highest levels” of aluminum are found in “slim-fit” cans and the bottom of the can.
According the federal lawsuit, “this is a product of the marketing campaign of Nestlé to mislead consumers and the general public” by falsely stating that aluminum is not toxic to humans.
In April, Nestle agreed to pay $25 million in fines and penalties for misleading consumers, as well as a $1 million penalty for the recall of over 7 million cans in October 2016. The Nestlé settlement came after the government also announced it would ban aluminum-containing packaging in 2017.
The Canadian Medical Protective Association, which represents physicians, also announced in June that it would launch a legal action against Nestle for not properly disclosing aluminum exposure risks.
In February, the company paid a $200 million fine for a similar safety lapse, the Toronto Star reported.