Why go BPA-Free?

Stand out in the marketplace.

Consumers want full disclosure about the products they buy, and are increasingly demanding alternatives to food packaging that can leach BPA into food. By moving to BPA-Free Package food and labeling products, your company can stand out in the marketplace, adopt business practices that help achieve sustainability and environmental goals, and respond to changing consumer demands and preferences.

Protect your health with smart shopping choices.

While BPA still exists in a number of household and food products, more and more manufacturers are providing safer alternatives. You can protect your health and that of your family and friends by avoiding products with BPA through smart shopping choices. When buying food and beverage products, be sure to look for the BPA-Free Package label. If your favorite brand doesn’t offer BPA-free packaging, tell them that BPA-free packaging is important to you and let them know about this new program.

Respond to consumer preferences.

The BPA-Free Package label allows retailers to find and stock products made with packaging that doesn’t contain BPA. By joining the BPA-Free Package program, your company can meet growing consumer demands for safer food and beverages, support early adopters in the food and beverage industry, and offer products that align with your sustainability and environmental goals.

What is BPA?

tin cansBisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and other adverse health impacts. Used most commonly in polycarbonate plastic products and epoxy resins, BPA can be found in:

  • Some polycarbonate plastic containers (such as water bottles, baby bottles and sippy cups)
  • Epoxy resins that coat the inside of metal products (such as food cans, baby formula cans, bottle tops and water supply lines)

Recent research has shown that containers made with BPA can contaminate food and beverages items, as well humans who handle products made with BPA. Regulatory agencies in the United States and other countries have expressed concern about the possible adverse health effects of BPA, with particular concern for infants and young children. Countries such as Canada, China and all of the European Union have banned BPA in specific uses and applications.

Why BPA is a concern

Growing public concern about exposure to BPA has contributed to an increase in demand for its elimination from certain products and packaging.

BPA can leach from packaging into foods and beverages. According to extensive research conducted on animals and humans, BPA exposure has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, learning disabilities and obesity. The Harvard School of Public Health has linked high exposure of BPA to consumption of canned soup and called for the elimination of BPA from food can linings.

  • BPA is an endocrine disruptor and can behave in a similar way to estrogen and other hormones in the human body, raising concerns about it leaching from consumer products
  • Early development is the time of greatest sensitivity to the negative impacts of BPA, and studies have linked prenatal exposure to later neurological difficulties

What BPA-Free means?

The BPA-Free Packaging logo indicates that the packaging was formulated using no BPA. BPA is omnipresent in the environment from a multitude of sources making the complete elimination of BPA from products non attainable. BPA is found in dust, air and water and could contaminate BPA free packaging. Given these limitations, trace amounts of BPA in packaging are unavoidable and as part of the BPA Free Package program such trace amounts that do not exceed a reasonable threshold based on a scientifically sound principle will be considered BPA-Free.

Safer alternative substances used in BPA-Free Packaging are not known human carcinogens or reproductive toxicants that cause birth defects, reproductive harm, or developmental harm.

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