The following is intended to clarify current information on BPA, a basic chemical building block in the manufacture of polycarbonate resins. JES is providing this information to its readers, site visitors and customers as a mean to clarify and educate general public about BPA and warn that some products offered on JES's website may contain BPA and other harmful chemicals known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Polycarbonate is one of the most versatile and common materials in use in the food service industry today. Food storage containers, serving trays, drinking tumblers and beverage pitchers are all examples of polycarbonate products which are an integral part of commercial foodservice.
Polycarbonate containing BPA is widely used due to its excellent properties of durability, clarity and stain resistance. It has been safely used in consumer products for more than five decades. During this time, manufacturers and government agencies have conducted extensive health and safety studies on BPA.
Governments around the world have repeatedly found BPA to be safe for consumer use.
Many of the agencies and authorities around the world that recognize the use of polycarbonate containing BPA as safe and have authorized its use in applications of direct food contact are:
On March 30, 2012, the FDA decided not to ban the use of BPA in plastic packaging. In the fall of 2014, FDA experts from across the agency, specializing in toxicology, analytical chemistry, endocrinology, epidemiology and other fields, completed a four-year review of more than 300 scientific studies. The FDA review has not found any information in the evaluated studies to prompt a revision of FDA's safety assessment of BPA in food packaging at this time. The studies reviewed were published or available from November 1, 2009 to July 23, 2013.
On March 11, 2015, BPA was formally listed by OEHHA (California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) to the annual publication for California Proposition 65 chemicals requiring an exposure warning label.
According to the American Chemistry Council, on the decision to list BPA on California's Proposition 65, "The decision is not supported by the extensive scientific record presented to the committee and is completely contrary to explicit input provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."
As of March 11, 2016, the compliance date for warning labels, you will notice Carlisle polycarbonate items contain a label stating, "Warning this product may contain a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm".
BPA can be found in many products manufactured with polycarbonate. BPA is not found in some of our manufacturer's polypropylene or polyethylene storage containers, ABS products, or in most tumblers which are made from the SAN resin. Products manufactured using these materials are deemed BPA-Free.
For additional sources of information regarding BPA, please refer to: