Food Containers Made with Polycarbonate Plastic

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Polycarbonate has been studied and tested for nearly 50 years, and its use in products that come in contact with food are stringently reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as governmental bodies worldwide. Products made with lightweight, high-performing polycarbonate plastic contribute to our safety and quality of life every day. For example, polycarbonate is used to make protective eyewear, sports safety equipment, digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs), electronics and medical devices.

Because of its heat resistance and shatter resistance – a significant safety advantage – polycarbonate also is used in a number of applications involving direct contact with foods and beverages. Airtight polycarbonate food storage containers help preserve freshness and protect foods from contamination, and many polycarbonate food containers offer the added convenience of safely going from freezer to microwave to dishwasher.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a key building block in polycarbonate plastic. In recent years, a number of researchers from governmental agencies, academia and industry have studied the potential for trace levels of BPA to migrate from polycarbonate products into food and beverages under conditions of typical use. Extensive safety data on BPA show that polycarbonate plastic can be used safely in consumer products.

As a result, the use of polycarbonate plastic for food-contact applications continues to be recognized as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Commission Scientific Committee on Food, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and other regulatory authorities worldwide.

 

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