Anyway under those statements it reads, " Coated with food grade petroleum-based wax to maintain freshness." Does not "maintain freshness" imply "preservatives?"
OK. So I Googled the wax and was oh so reassured to learn that the Bush-era FDA says it is healthy for humans to eat. ( And it's applied in tiny amounts, people, so...) The very same FDA that ignored repeated nasty inspection reports re the Peanut Corp of America plant in Blakely, GA.
I am returning the 'maters. I should have read the fine print in any case. And I should have snagged some cans of organic toms instead.
NB Not all FDA employees are snakes and charlatans. Their budgets have been cut, they don't have enough inspectors, and so on. Grrr..........
( Photo above from website re food poisoning--http://www.foodpoisonblog.com/articles/foodborne-illness-outbreaks/)