What does bpa mean
Neither the Department of Health nor the FDA has classified it as unhealthy and to date the FDA has not decided to ban the use of BPA in food packaging. The position shared by the FDA and the Department of Health on the health effects of BPA is that its use “has raised some concerns”. However, several independent scientific studies affirm that BPA is harmful and should be eliminated or more rigorously controlled in the marketplace.
It is important for you to know that BPA has only been restricted in certain products and the states where the law is in effect are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
It is basically found in all hard plastics used to make everything from compact discs, reading glasses, drinking glasses, water bottles, and baby bottles because BPA is the main ingredient in polycarbonate plastic. It is also used to coat the inside of cans to prevent corrosion. In food containers or packaging, this chemical literally leaches from the plastic into the food or water.
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This article was co-written by Kathryn Kellogg. Kathryn Kellogg is the founder of goinzerowaste.com, a style website dedicated to breaking down green living into a simple step-by-step process with lots of positivity and love. She is the author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste and a spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic.
This article was co-written by Kathryn Kellogg. Kathryn Kellogg is the founder of goinzerowaste.com, a style website dedicated to breaking down green living into a simple step-by-step process with lots of positivity and love. She is the author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste and a spokesperson for plastic-free living for National Geographic. This article has been viewed 5822 times.
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Bisphenol A, usually abbreviated as BPA (Bis-Phenol A), is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups. It is a difunctional building block (monomer) of many important plastics and plastic additives. Because of its ability to bind to estrogen receptors it is known as a potential endocrine disruptor.
It is prepared by condensing acetone (hence the A) with two equivalents of phenol. The reaction is catalyzed by an acid, such as hydrochloric acid (HCl), or a sulfonated polystyrene resin. Normally a large amount of phenol is used to ensure complete condensation:
There are 7 types of plastic used in packaging. Type 7 contains all the “others”, and some of these, such as polycarbonate (sometimes identified by the letters ‘PC’ next to the recycling symbol) and epoxy resins, are made with the monomer bisphenol A. ABS (acrylonitrile acrylonitrile) is the most common type.
ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a hard plastic used in pipes, car bumpers and toys. Its production uses butadiene and styrene in addition to acrylonitrile, a highly toxic product. Because of its highly complex chemical composition, ABS is extremely difficult to recycle.
What does bpa mean in food
HDPE. This type of plastic is mainly used to package cleaning products such as bleach and liquid detergents. In food it is used as a container for yogurts, milk and juices. It is known as HDPE because it stands for High Density Polyethylene. Due to its composition it can contain acids and other chemical products.
LDPE. This plastic is resistant, very flexible and transparent, so it can be found in plastic bags or frozen products. Unfortunately, it is a plastic that is generally not recycled. Its acronym stands for Low Density Polyethylene.