Here are some tips on how to keep yourself and your family from BPA contamination.  Still in the dark about the danger of BPA?  Click here to find out more.

BPA Fact list

  • BPA is a chemical component  used in the production of vertain plastics
  • An alarming 3.6 billion kilograms of BPA is used in manufacturing annually 
  • BPA is primarily used in the production of certain plastics and epoxy resins
  • Plastic with recycle codes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 is unlikely to contain BPA. Some plastics with code 3 and 7 might have been produced using BPA.

How to avoid BPA-contamination

Switch to glass

Avoid contact with products- and do not eat food that had been packed in plastic containers with recycling codes 3 and 7.  Food and beverages should never be heated in plastic containers (all recycling codes) in a microwave oven.  Use ceramics or glass.  Plastic containers leaks chemicals into your food.  Should your glass container break or become unusable, it is 100% recyclable.

Can canned foods

Numerous test have found that the BPA in the lining of tinned foods leaks into the product.  Beverages contain lower levels of BPA while pastas and soups have the highest levels of BPA.  Food should never be heated in its cans as this will definitely increase contamination.  Pregnant women and babies’ exposure to tinned food, -baby formula and -drinks should be limited.  

Refuse receipts

Probably the most common BPA contamination comes from till slips.  Cash registers, credit card terminals and some calculators use thermal paper which is impregnated with chemicals (including BPA).  When the heat from these devices reach the paper, the chemicals turn into ink.  New research now suggests that the BPA and other chemicals coating receipts are transferred through your skin into your body.  Refusing receipts and washing your hands regularly during or soon after shopping trips seem to be the best prevention at the time.  Unfortunately hand sanitiser increases absorbtion of these chemicals. 

Metal water bottles

Using a metal water bottle  may signaficantly reduce your exposure to BPA.  Make sure that your bottle is safe for food.  A word of warning though: Some metal bottles are lined with a plastic lining similar to that found in tinned foods.  Make sure your metal bottle has no plastic lining.