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FOOD CONTACT MATERIALS
Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.
It has been approved by regulatory agencies for use in food contact materials in the EU.
This does not only cover packaging materials but also includes containers for transporting food, machinery to process food as well as plastic kitchenware and tableware.
Durability and sustainability
BPA-based polycarbonate and epoxy resins are extremely durable while remaining light weight. This makes them materials of choice in food packaging containers.
They can sustain numerous sanitation methods and be used safely for many years. BPA-based food contact materials offer an impressive sustainability performance. For example, 5-gallon reusable polycarbonate water bottles can be refilled over 50 times before being mechanically recycled. In addition, polycarbonate is lighter and stronger than glass. BPA is also key for the canned goods industry because BPA-based epoxy resins ensure cans’ content stays fresh and safe for consumption virtually irrespective of external conditions, thereby contributing to reducing food waste.
Food contact materials’ safety is linked to their ability to be highly resistant against shatter and aggressive food ingredients.
BPA-based polycarbonate and epoxy resins are the materials of choice, because they offer high impact resistance.
This is important for applications where reliability and high performance are essential, such as unbreakable bottles and drinking beakers.
Heat resistance is another benefit of BPA-based food contact materials. This is essential in numerous applications because it facilitates good hygiene conditions when cleaning at higher temperatures.
Hygiene is key to products that come into direct contact with food and the human body, such as food storage containers that need to be cleaned and sterilised at high temperatures.