Is Tupperware BPA-free? First, though, it helps to understand what BPA is.
BPA stands for Bisphenol A, a chemical produced in large quantities according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, “for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.”
BPA has been around since the 1960s. Ninety percent of people have low levels of BPA in their bodies. After reviewing hundreds of studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that BPA in these low levels is not a danger. FDA does not ban the use of BPA, but supports limiting exposure. Many manufacturers have removed BPA from their products and some state governments have banned BPA.
Since Tupperware is such a popular brand of plastic food storage containers, it is not surprising how many people have questioned whether Tupperware material contains BPA. Tupperware officially states that since 2010, they have not sold items containing BPA.
Here’s exactly what Tupperware states on its website (accessed on June 28, 2017):
“Tupperware follows the recommendations and guidelines of governmental regulatory agencies regarding materials that may be used in our high-quality products. The Company also acknowledges the attitudes of consumers regarding products containing BPA. In its continuous search for the best materials for use in its products, Tupperware has found other materials with improved performance characteristics that have been approved by regulators to be BPA free to replace polycarbonate. As of March 2010, items sold by Tupperware US & CA are BPA free.”
How to reduce exposure to BPA?
It’s virtually impossible to completely eliminate contact with BPA—it is in soil water and dust. And it may still be used in medical devices, bottle caps, canned food, and dental sealants. However, you can reduce your family’s exposure to this chemical. The Environmental Working Group offers the following suggestions:
- Use plastic containers that are BPA-free.
- Choose non-plastic containers for food like glass porcelain or stainless steel.
- Don’t use any plastic containers that have a recycle code of 3 or 7. These may contain recycled plastic with BPA.
- Throw away old plastic containers or plastics that are chipped or cracked.
- Avoid canned foods and favor fresh or fresh frozen foods.
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