Tupperware ? BPA? Free? Toxic?
This is going to be hard to write. I will be trying to explain this in plain English, as I understand it and as it pertains to plastics. These are copies of inserts from other web sites, without all the chemical data and all the other jargon. I left that out to keep it simple. And the other parts are my interpretation.
Is Tupperware BPA Free?
YES, in the USA & Canada, since 2010.
What is BPA?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic compound. It is a colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. It is used to make polycarbonate polymers and epoxy resins, along with other materials used to make plastics. Bisphenol A has a vapor pressure at high temperatures.
What are the concerns?
BPA exhibits hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers. Since 2008, several governments have questioned its safety, which prompted some retailers to withdraw polycarbonate products. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of possible hazards to fetuses, infants, and young children. In September 2010, Canada became the first country to declare BPA a toxic substance. The European Union, Canada, and recently the United States have banned BPA use in baby bottles.
In the U.S., less than 5% of the BPA produced is used in food contact applications, but remains in the canned food industry and printing applications such as sales receipts. Bisphenol A is used primarily to make plastics, and products using bisphenol A-based plastics have been in commercial use since 1957.
Bisphenol A was discovered in 1891 by Russian chemist Aleksandr Dianin, in the early 1930s. Based on research by chemists at Bayer and General Electric, BPA has been used since the 1950s to harden polycarbonate plastics and make epoxy resin, and in the lining of food and beverage containers.
In 2006, the US Government sponsored an assessment of the scientific literature on BPA. 38 opponents of bisphenol A gathered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to review several hundred studies on BPA, many conducted by members of the group. At the end of the meeting, the group issued the Chapel Hill Consensus Statement, which stated “BPA at concentrations found in the human body is associated with organizational changes in the prostate, breast, testis, mammary glands, body size, brain structure and chemistry, and behavior of laboratory animals. A 2008 review has concluded that obesity may be increased as a function of BPA exposure. A panel convened by the U.S. National Institutes of Health determined that there was “some concern” about BPA’s effects on fetal and infant brain development and behavior. A 2007 review has concluded that bisphenol-A has been shown to bind to thyroid hormone receptor and perhaps have selective effects on its functions. And the list goes on and on………………..
Is BPA Toxic?
In my opinion, YES it is.
Tupperware’s Statement from their web site.
About BPA & Materials In U.S. & Canada Tupperware Products
For over 60 years Tupperware has been designing products that help simplify people’s lives. Saving time and money for the consumer by helping to keep food fresh has always been one of Tupperware’s most important goals. Today Tupperware offers products for storing food, food preparation, serving items and cookware. Our innovative products, built to last a lifetime, eliminate the need for disposable containers. Tupperware has always been committed to a continuous review of new materials to improve the performance of our products and meet consumer demand. We’re firmly committed to the safety and well-being of our consultants and consumers of our products.
Tupperware follows the recommendations and guidelines of governmental regulatory agencies regarding materials that may be used in our high quality products. The Company also acknowledges the attitudes of consumers regarding products containing BPA. In its continuous search for the best materials for use in its products, Tupperware has found other materials with improved performance characteristics that have been approved by regulators to be BPA free to replace polycarbonate. As of March 2010, items sold by Tupperware US & CA are BPA free.
Is your health and your families health worth it?
My family is is worth the few extra dollars of the Tupperware products. They give me a piece of mind. I no longer buy the cheap containers in the dollar stores. A lot of the other countries do not mark or regulate BPA. I no longer reuse the butter tubs, whipped topping bowls or takeout food containers. When the heat up they can melt, possibly leak harmful chemicals into food. I do not put any storage container in the microwave either. If I don’t know the container is microwaveable and BPA free I don’t use it. Our health is much to important to me. I refuse to expose my family to things that I am aware of that will harm them.
The choice is yours, but I would rather have 2 good bowls than 10 harmful bowls.
Sorry the blog was so long. But I shortened it all I could without removing vital information. I will be doing another blog later on microwave-safe plastics.
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