Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, is used primarily in electronics, automobiles, CDs and DVDs, and food and drink containers. It exhibits hormone-like properties and has raised concern specifically in food and beverage containers.
BPA-based epoxy resins is also used as coatings to provide a barrier between canned food and the metal or other packaging layer. The FDA is banning the use of BPA-based epoxy resins in coatings for baby formula packaging. However, FDA claims the decision is based on the fact that industry has abandoned use of the substance, not because of any conclusion that packaging containing BPA is unsafe. At the time, FDA said it had “some concern about the potential effects of BPA on the brain, behavior, and prostate gland in fetuses, infants, and young children.
With viable alternatives available for BPA, we urge all companies to abandon the use of this toxic chemical in food handling products. We also encourage people to substitute plastic bottles and plastic food containers with ones made of reusable materials, such as glass or stainless steel such as GR8-White Stainless Steel Sustainable Bottles.