BPA in packaging: A lucrative past, a controversial present, and a tentative future

07/05/2012

Bisphenol-A. Has an organic compound divided the world as much as this synthetic estrogen? While this chemical compound instills much controversy, anger, fear, and frustration on one side, the other side merely sees it as a protector of food that helps packaging withstand the high temperatures of the sterilization process and, overall, increases products' shelf life.

BPA is a synthetic estrogen used to produce polycarbonate (PC) polymers and epoxy resins. As such, it is present in many hard plastic bottles and containers, metal-based food and beverage cans, in addition to safety equipment, eyeglasses, computer and cell phone casings, and more.
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