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Hmm. Maybe they have changed to using BPA since I received my email reply back in 2010. Here is what they told me at that time (16 August 2010):
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to respond to your concerns regarding our Brunswick Sardines in Spring Water.
No, it does not as the can is made of aluminum, only when the product is canned in a steel metal container a anamel coating is apply inside the can.
Bumble Bee Consumer Affairs
As of May 2012, all of the interior coatings for any BB product produced out of the Blacks Harbour canning plant have non BPA liners for both the cans and ends.
Imported cans (any metal) and steel cans may still have BPA based liners.
Salmon cans are mostly made with a PET based laminated coating (which has no BPA).
Vital Choice sells Portuguese sardines packed in organic EVO and packed in BPA free "tins" at 24 for $90. They are a little pricey but their BPA free tins also hold a bit more than a normal sized sardine tin so you get a bit more bang for your buck. I also remember reading that Vital Choice claims their EVO brand tests out slightly better than their spring water brand. I think they said it had something to do with the EVO protecting the oils in the fish from oxidation and leaching (all sardines are cooked in the can after packing).
So please excuse my ignorance, but do you chow the bones? Or are you supposed to pick them out? I opened a can yesterday, by the time I'd picked out the spine and pin bones I was annoyed at the thing. I can't see that picking them out is standard practice, but it seems very odd to eat them.
The only problem I see with canned sardines, is the fact that the majority of cans used for food and beverage are lined with a plastic coating that contains BPA. So I recommend you do a little research on the brand you intend to buy just to be sure, this way you don't miss on the abundance of nutrition this little fish provide.