What is BPA , and what are the concerns about BPA

Kian Petroleum Company is an international specialized petrochemical company that has important information about the introduction of Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A

BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s

BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. They may also be used in other consumer goods

Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA

Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. It can also affect children’s behavior. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods. This assessment is based on review of hundreds of studies. The FDA continues to monitor the research

Use BPA-free products

Manufacturers are creating more and more BPA-free products. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. If a product isn’t labeled, keep in mind that some, but not all, plastics marked with recycle codes 3 or 7 may be made with BPA

Cut back on cans

Reduce your use of canned foods

Avoid heat

Don’t put polycarbonate plastics in the microwave or dishwasher, because the heat may break them down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods

Use alternatives

Use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers

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