There has been a raising concern over the safety of BPA containing plastic bottles and containers.
However, before going into the depths of its safety let’s first understand what BPA is? BPA is an industrial chemical (Bisphenol A) which is used to make polycarbonate, a hard, clear plastic used in many consumer products. This material forms a barrier between the metal cans and the food products and has been used in food packaging since 1960’s. As may be expected, when a food comes in contact with packaging material, small, measurable amount of this material may migrate into the food and indirectly be consumed by humans. Well, BPA is also used as a dental sealant which is yet another way it can enter the human body!!
As per the latest studies conducted by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EFSA (European food safety authority) BPA is safe at the current levels used in manufacturing of plastic products; though FDA has banned use of BPA in baby bottles, sippers and infant formula packaging since 2012. Canada has also banned the use of BPA in infant products. Though the recent studies come with their own share of uncertainties, a long term effect study is being undertaken by the FDA. Till the time we don’t have absolutely sure results on the long term effects of BPA on human body, there are few preventive measures that can be taken care of like:
- Always carry your tap water in steel or glass bottle
- Avoid using the plastic boxes for food storage
- Avoid exposing them to heat as while heating in microwave or direct sun exposure.
- If at all you need to use plastic containers try using the BPA free containers
- Reduce the use of canned foods and beverages.
- Look closely for recycling number 7 on the bottom. Unless the plastic says “PLA” or has a leaf symbol on them, it might contain BPA.
- Plastics with recycling symbol 2, 4 and 5 are generally considered OK
- Recycling symbol 1 is also OKto use, but shouldn’t be used more than once (no refilling those store-bought water bottles!)
There have been studies which link the BPA with hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases. Some studies have shown significant rise in hypertension with the use of BPA. However, due to the limitations on these studies, it’s difficult to derive a conclusive answer and this calls for a more stringent research. The only thing we can say for sure is that, there is a certain amount of chemical that is entering our body through these plastic bottles and containers and it is bound to have adverse effect on our body.
“It is always better to be Safe than to be Sorry”, explains the whole concept of going BPA Free. FDA also is playing a significant role in this context by taking enough measures to promote the manufacturers of BPA free products.
‘The only one to be benefitting by this whole affair however are the manufacturers of BPA-Free Plastic products who have found a flourishing new market, until we have any definite answers to the safety of BPA-containing plastic bottles and containers.’
Please share your Reviews, concerns and suggestions regarding companies like the Beverage companies that commonly use BPA-containing products and whether or not they are taking any steps towards going BPA free!!