It’s good to see that finally Bisphenol-A (BPA) is starting to get a bit of attention in this country. Better late than never, I suppose. Earlier this year Kmart and Target decided to start the “phase out” of BPA in baby bottles, which is a good start but 2 years later than many other countries.
If I sound a bit grumpy that’s because I am. After years of researching this I still find it hard to believe that if a chemical is deemed hazardous and consequently banned in one part of the world, it can still be allowed to be used commercially somewhere else in the world.
BPA is an industrial chemical added to many types of hard, clear plastic to make it shatterproof. It’s found in Polycarbonate plastic which is PC or #7 in that little recycling triangle on the bottom of your plastic container. Not all #7 indicates it’s polycarbonate but I just avoid it anyway. It’s also found in some dental sealants, in fungicides, in carbonless paper (shopping receipts for eg) and in the epoxy resin that l...
According to Food Production Daily, last week hundreds of thousands of noodles were withdrawn from the shelves in Germany because they found 3 times the legal limits of Benzophenone and 4-Methylbenzophenone. What is that ? I'm not exactly sure but I am certain that it is something I wouldn't knowingly put in my body.
This isn't the first time this has happened. Since 2009, alarm bells have been ringing about Mineral Oils leaching from packaging into the food. And you thought you only had to worry about BPA in the lining of your cans.
These Mineral Oils are known carcinogens and are thought to accumulate in the liver, heart valves and lymph nodes, according to Pira International, (Food Contact & Packaging Agency).
“However, these are all long-term chronic affects and people eating a balanced diet should not suffer any adverse health consequences in the short or medium term and, maybe not in the longer term unless their exposure is particularly high,” said Kernoghan, (Harringt...