Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical building block that
is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and
epoxy resins. Over four decades of extensive safety
research on BPA shows that consumer products made with
BPA are safe for their intended uses and pose no known
risks to human health.
Polycarbonate plastic is a lightweight, high-performance
plastic that possesses a unique balance of toughness,
optical clarity, high heat resistance and excellent
electrical resistance. Because of these attributes,
polycarbonate is used in a wide variety of common products
including digital media (e.g., CDs, DVDs), electrical
and electronic equipment, automobiles, sports safety
equipment, reusable food and drink containers, and many
Epoxy resins have many uses including engineering applications
such as electrical laminates for printed circuit boards,
composites, paints and adhesives, as well as in a variety
of protective coatings. Cured epoxy resins are inert
materials used as protective liners in metal cans to
maintain the quality of canned foods and beverages,
and have achieved wide acceptance for use as protective
coatings because of their exceptional combination of
toughness, adhesion, formability, and chemical resistance.
Below, you'll find more information about BPA, how it's used and answers to questions.