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Is Bisphenol A safe in polycarbonate products?
Be confident in making the right choice for your customer.
Bisphenol A has been coming under fire
You want to provide your clients with flawless products. And you're always extra alert for the risks of bisphenol A (BPA). You want to provide your clients with perfect products. And you are aware of the risks of bisphenol A (BPA). France has now banned the use of BPA*, while there is a raging debate about its use in other EU member states such as Sweden and Denmark. BPA is a chemical compound found in synthetics such as polycarbonate (PC). Nowadays, a great number of products for professional use are made from polycarbonate: cups, plates, cutlery, etc. There are fears that the BPA that makes its way from these products into our food may be harmful. As an expert and manufacturer, Roltex takes these concerns very seriously; the company is assisting its clients to make a conscious choice that they feel comfortable with.
Roltex lets the client decide
Your concerns about BPA is testament to your professionalism. That is why Roltex is convinced it is best to grant you and your clients the freedom to choose for yourself, with:
PC-safe products - made from polycarbonate that:
- surpasses European BPA standards
- is completely safe for public health
BPA-free products - make from copolyester, a modified form of polyester that:
- does not contain any BPA or other harmful materials
- does not pose even the slightest risk to public health
Whatever material you choose, you are always assured that they are:
- developed based on highly precise scientific research
- tested to the strictest European standards
- only approved after thorough testing
What is bisphenol A?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound that is combined with other materials to make synthetics and resins. Examples include polycarbonate, a versatile form of hard plastic. You find polycarbonate (and therefore BPA) in a number of products used to keep or transport foodstuffs, such as baby bottles, cups, etc. Epoxy resin on the inside of cans with food and drinks also contains traces of BPA. The compound can also be found in small amounts in food and the liquids that are used in packaging.
Source: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), www.efsa.europa.eu.
European authority: "BPA poses no risks under current standards"
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the leading body in the field of food safety. They published their most recent conclusions about BPA in January 2015. To summarise: 'The amount of BPA that is released in line with today's standards does not pose any risks for consumers of any age group. This includes unborn children, toddlers and adolescents.'
At the same time, the EFSA has made this standard more stringent. They set a new tolerable daily intake (TDI): a person may not consumer more than 4 micrograms per kilo of bodyweight per day. Previously, this was 50 micrograms. In any case, the amount of BPA that is released from foodstuffs, materials or cosmetics in still 3 to 5 times lower than the new, particularly strict European TDI.
You can find the full story at www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/bisphenol.htm.
Polycarbonate without bisphenol A? A myth!
The EFSA guidelines are clear: manufacturers know exactly which values are safe and are comfortable following them.
Nonetheless, not all producers are equally transparent:
- Some claim that their polycarbonate does not contain any BPA. This would mean that less than 0.00000... per cent of the material is present. However, the reality is that BPA-free polycarbonate does not exist. It is a myth.
- Others exceed the European BPA standards in their products, but fail to explicitly report this.
Roltex plays an open hand
Roltex is happy to share its certifications with you upon request. Would you like to play it safe? Ask every manufacturer for their official test results. Only then will you know enough.
Ask Roltex all your questions about bisphenol A
At Roltex, you can choose your synthetic products with an easy mind.
Do you still have questions about BPA? We are happy to advise you via firstname.lastname@example.org
*French Constitutional Court on 17 September, the French legislation concerning the prohibition of Bisphenol A in food contact partially suspend