Over the past few years there has been ongoing debate about the use of BPA, a structural component in polycarbonate, and is also found in epoxy resins which act as a protective lining when used in metal can coatings to protect the food from directly contacting metal surfaces, and in beverage bottles. According to the FDA, when foods are in direct contact with any packaging material, small, measurable amounts of the packaging materials may migrate into food and can be consumed with it.
Heightened public awareness as well as scientific interest in the safe use of BPA has resulted in many studies. Some of these studies have raised questions about the safety of ingesting the low levels of BPA that can migrate into food from food contact materials. To address these questions the National Toxicology Program, partnering with the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research carried out in-depth studies to answer key questions and clarify uncertainties about BPA.
Recently, the FDA granted two petitions requesting that FDA amend its food additive regulations to no longer provide for the use of certain BPA-based materials in baby bottles, sippy cups, and infant formula packaging because these uses have been abandoned. As a result, FDA amended its food additive regulations so that they no longer provide any type of regulation for these uses of BPA.
The FDA continues its regular reassessments of a wide variety of studies to ensure the safety of products containing BPA. In the fall of 2014, FDA experts from across the agency, specializing in toxicology, analytical chemistry, endocrinology, epidemiology, and other fields, competed a four-year review of more than 300 scientific studies. This review did not find any information in the evaluated studies to prompt a revision of the FDA’s safety assessment of BPA in food packaging at that time.
PCC’s customers can be assured that we stay on top of the various additives in the plastics that we use when making our Masterbatches and other products. Our ISO, NSF and other certifications ensure that we manufacture top quality materials and colorants that meet all government regulatory requirements for the safety of our customers and their customers as well.