What will it take to rid our store shelves of BPA?

Despite insistence from regulatory agencies of the ubiquitous chemical’s safety, some companies are shifting to alternatives.

Photo courtesy of Lynne Peeples
Until about a decade ago, a layer of BPA-based epoxy coated the inside of nearly all food and beverage cans. Photo courtesy of Lynne Peeples

“‘BPA free’ is a fantastic marketing tool, but it is not evidence to the consumer of a safe product.” –Pat Hunt

BPA has been an integral component of modern commerce for decades. Yet a major shift is underway for the half a billion or so food and beverage cans currently made each day in North America. Photo courtesy of Lynne Peeples

Just how well a material serves its intended purpose, along with affordability, is requisite for replacements pushing out toxic predecessors. And that’s a central challenge with all BPA substitutes.

“It takes a lot of time and resources, but eventually you end up with chemicals that you know right from the start are not toxic.” –Martin Wagner

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