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Safety in Plastic Products is Always Important

Safety in the plastic products that are ubiquitous in our society is always of the utmost importance. For more than a decade the issue of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure to consumers of certain plastic products used in food contact applications has raised controversy. Now, it would appear that the definitive word is finally out.

The European Food Safety Authority recently produced a comprehensive re-evaluation of BPA exposure and concluded that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI).

Uncertainties surrounding potential health effects of BPA on the mammary gland, reproductive, metabolic, neurobehavioral and immune systems have been quantified and factored in to the calculation of the TDI. In addition, the TDI is temporary pending the outcome of a long-term study in rats, which will help to further reduce these uncertainties.

BPA is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of food contact materials such as reusable plastic tableware and can coatings (mainly protective linings). Residues of BPA can migrate into food and beverages and be ingested by the consumer; BPA from other sources including thermal paper, cosmetics and dust can be absorbed through the skin and by inhalation.

Studies done in the U.S. and in Europe have typically used amounts of BPA that are hundreds of times above the TDI, and far higher than the typical consumer could possibly be exposed to in the every- day usage of polycarbonate and other polymer materials used for food and beverage applications.

Plastics Color makes it a priority to stay up-to-date on all information concerning polymers, various polymer additives and colorants that may possibly cause concern to our customers. If you have any questions about various polymers, additives or colorants, please contact us and we can provide you with the latest studies and information in order to reassure you of the safety and adherence to regulatory standards of all our products.

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