At some point we all have used plastic food containers and are totally familiar with them. According to some past studies, Chemical Bisphenol A, which is used to stiffen the plastic food containers, causes many health problems, including cancer, heart diseases, liver problems, infertility to kidneys diseases etc. These studies prompted European Food Safety Authority to reassess the risks of BPA in plastic food containers as they are very commonly used.
The new studies revealed that chemical bisphenol causes no health issues to consumers of any age. The Europe’s food safety watchdog confirms that it is free from all the risks, at current levels of exposure.
BPA belongs to Endocrine disruptors, which is a broad class of compound. This compound is commonly found in plastics, used to make food utensils, and coating the tin cans. It is also found in thermal paper used in cash register receipts, and also in plastic bottles.
In 2012, the use of BPA in baby bottles were prohibited by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, but later as there was no strong evidence found which proves that it is really harmful, the ban did not last much longer, and it was decided that the chemical is safe for use, but at low levels.
The EFSA in its research, revealed that BPA remainings could move into drinks and foods and can be ingested by the consumers. It is also acknowledged that BPA from cosmetics, dust and thermal paper can easily be absorbed or inhaled through the skin.
However, it was found that the exposure to BPA was under the safe level known as the tolerable daily intake. EFSA’s experts concluded, after weighing up a new body of scientific research on its toxic effects, that high dose of BPA, 100 times above the safe level, will likely results in liver and kidney problems. But if BPA is used at a current level of 3 to 5 times lower than the safe level, per day, it will cause no health risk of any kind. So in the end, it is concluded that BPA is free from all health risks and so are plastic utensils.