Next to being one of the most hotly debated chemical substances in the past few years, Bisphenol A (BPA) must surely be one of the most thoroughly studied. For decades, BPA has been used for the production of the high-performance plastic polycarbonate, among other things. Nevertheless, public opinion regarding its use as a raw material remains divided, to say the least.
According to the FDA, the available information supports the safety of BPA for the currently approved uses in food containers and packaging. People are exposed to low levels of BPA because, like many packaging components, very small amounts of BPA may migrate from the food packaging into foods or beverages. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more than 92% of Americans ages 6 and older have BPA in their bodies, However, studies pursued by FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) have shown no effects of BPA from low-dose exposure, although the FDA did ban its use in sippy cups and bottles in 2012.