Characteristics, Uses, and Dangers of Bisphenol A
Suspected of being hazardous to humans, reports began circulating in 2008 regarding consumer concerns with the use of BPA, particularly in infant bottles and food and beverage containers. Recent studies have confirmed and indicated that exposure to BPA can impact consumer health. Even at very low levels, BPA can potentially cause lifelong health problems. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that simulates estrogen in the human body resulting in a potentially wide range of health issues.
Regulating Bisphenol A
In support of consumer concerns, several states have banned the use of BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups, food containers, and/or drink containers for use by children less than 3 years old. States with either current or pending legislation regarding the use of BPA include: California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Retailers also supported the growing concern of BPA by removing suspect products from sale and the industry responded by supplying polycarbonate alternatives to alleviate consumer fears.
ATS' Bisphenol A Testing Method
ATS conducts Bisphenol A testing using a method called Liquid Chromatography Mass-Spectrometer (LC/MS/MS). The LC/MS/MS is a very sensitive instrument that can detect organic compounds at ultra-low levels — our chemists currently achieve detection limits as low as 0.1 parts-per-billion (ppb) using this method. Testing to this extremely low detection limit will ensure your products are in compliance with the BPA limit, which has been established by the state of California. The CA law took effect July 2, 2013.