Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make plastics and resins that are essential to many consumer and industrial products for modern living, including many applications important to public health and food safety. BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals used today and has a safety track record of 50 years.
Used in many consumer and industrial products, polycarbonate plastic made with bisphenol A (BPA) is a shatter-resistant, lightweight, high-performance plastic with toughness, optical clarity, high heat resistance and excellent electrical resistance.
Epoxy resins, most of which are made from bisphenol A (BPA), are essential to modern life, public health, efficient manufacturing and food safety. They are used in a wide array of consumer and industrial applications because of their toughness, strong adhesion, chemical resistance and other specialized properties.
Government and scientific bodies around the globe have extensively evaluated the weight of scientific evidence on bisphenol A (BPA) and have declared that BPA is safe as used, including in materials that come into contact with food, such as reusable food-storage containers and linings in metal cans.
Based on government research, along with results from other studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently answered the question
"Is BPA Safe?" with a clear answer - "Yes."
Government and scientific bodies worldwide have weighed the scientific evidence and concluded that BPA is safe as used. Nevertheless, BPA has been the subject of controversy for many years because of claims that it has the potential to cause adverse health effects. Such claims led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to fund and conduct an in-depth research program on BPA. So far, the results of the research provide strong support for the safety of BPA.
It’s no secret that bisphenol A (BPA) has been controversial for quite some time and has received intense scrutiny from scientists, government agencies, the media and environmental groups. Such scrutiny has resulted in demand from consumers for alternatives to products that contain BPA, and hasty efforts from some manufacturers to provide “BPA-Free” products. While the controversy surrounding BPA may be interesting and important, the controversy by itself does not provide an answer to the key question addressed in this article: Why replace BPA?