Monday, March 7, 2011

American Beverage Association on Bisphenol A (BPA)

A reader recently asked if aluminum soda cans contain Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine-disrupting chemical used in many plastics and aluminum cans.

I found the following statement on the website of the American Beverage Association, the lobbying arm for the soda and sweetened drink companies.

Whether or not everything in the statement is true, remember that the big food companies consistently use lax governmental policies as cover for their products.
America's non-alcoholic beverage industry is committed to using products and containers that meet or exceed all government health, safety and quality standards. Recently, questions have been raised about bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used to make a type of plastic known as polycarbonate and epoxy resins, which are sometimes used as can liners for food and beverage containers.

The beverage industry's products and containers are safe and pose no public health risk, including any alleged risk associated with BPA.

Can manufacturers rely on can linings, which may contain trace amounts of BPA, to prevent spoilage and protect food and beverages from direct contact with the can. However, these trace amounts are virtually eliminated during the curing process which results in the protective polymer coating. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and other government agencies around the globe have found no public health risk associated with BPA in any food or beverage.


Mckean said...

I like how they don't just straight up say no there is no BPA in our cans. They just say BPA is safe so therefor our cans are also safe.

Gansett said...

What irks me about pop-top cans is the fact that the top, which has been exposed to who-knows-what during transport, is then neatly submerged in the soda when you open it. Does anyone really think that is sanitary?