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Making BPA Go Away

Posted November 04, 2010 7:00 AM by Steve Melito

Bisphenol A (BPA) has been blamed for causing cancer, heart disease, and other human health problems. An industrial chemical, BPA is used in both polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and in products ranging from electrical laminates for printed circuit boards (PCB) to baby bottles. BPA-based epoxy resins are also used to line the metal cans that contain food, beverages, and personal care products.

Recently, food companies such as ConAgra, Campbell Soup, and H.J. Heinz have started to test non-BPA can liners. While scientists, regulatory agencies, and trade groups continue to debate the dangers of BPA, businesses are looking at the bottom line. According to a report cited in Chemical & Engineering News, food companies are concerned that "a consumer backlash against BPA poses a risk to shareholder value and brand reputation."

Does your company plan to remove BPA from its products? Are there other chemicals that it might remove because of concerns about brand management?

Sources: Bisphenol A and Chemical & Engineering News

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11/04/2010 12:27 PM

For the companies, it is an easy way to make 'green' points. Even if they don't do anything but study they win.

I think I read where a new study showed that the decline of prehistoric man was caused by concerns over the dangers of BPA that would only come to light in 50,000 years.

Or maybe I understood wrong - that is the only thing BPA hasn't been blamed for.

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11/04/2010 11:34 PM

BPA has been banned in Canada for baby bottles and a tinned goods ban using BPA is to follow on a schedule. The ban will affect all manufacturing within Canada and the import of such goods. BPA acts as an endocrine disruptor mimicking estrogen. There is a current international health symposium on the use BPA taking place in Montreal.

The problem of BPA in the environment is that it persists and in some areas in Europe (Holland) it is at levels that are beginning to harm fish. BPA survives normal sewage treatment and septic systems. Its entry into the environment has a very good chance of becoming a bio-accumulator. We did use in lead in paints, gasoline and "plumbing" before we understood the effects. These issues with lead are now well documented. BPA is today's lead and we are just beginning to understand the effects. Personally, I do not need the exposure to the BPA even if the full impact is yet to be understood. It will be difficult to stop all exposure in food and beverages but I like the early start on banning it for those applications. It is always good to keep the industry alert to potential problems, especially when there is evidence of harm.

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11/07/2010 6:14 AM

Great for Canadian companies I guess.

Will it accomplish anything else? I doubt it.

The international symposium concerning the use of BPS will no doubt end with zero conclusions and zero actions.

The evidence of harm is of yet a little bit lacking in real science as far as I read.

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