How Safe Or Unsafe Is BPA-Containing Polycarbonate?
Polycarbonate is almost everywhere today – right from DVDs and eyeglasses to buildings to bulletproof equipment. Polycarbonate has the unique property of transmitting maximum sunlight through it while preventing the harmful UV radiations of the sun through its UV protective layer. Moreover, it is light in weight, flexible, durable, and impact resistant. All of these properties and many more have helped polycarbonate reach to the widest usage in various applications like eyewear, lightings, vehicle headlights, vehicle windshields, 3D printed models for high heat applications, bullet-resistant windows, transparent structures, and much more! This is why we have seen the rise of polycarbonate sheet manufacturers like Tuflite Polymers in the country, who have been manufacturing and supplying varieties of polycarbonates to clients across the globe.
But, as we know, every good thing comes with its own criticism; and so does polycarbonate. This diverse material is made by a combination of bisphenol A (BPA) and phosgene (COCl2). And now, criticizers have started spreading out rumours of BPA affecting the health of users, thus affecting the reviews of polycarbonate as a product. But, these are all rumours, and you mustn’t believe them, unless you have a reason to. So, here are certain myths about BPA, specifically targeting the food industry, which you must clear off in your minds at the earliest.
Myth – BPA causes serious diseases
Truth – It is believed that BPA can cause serious illnesses like cancer, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and asthma. But, leading health agencies like Food & Drug Administration, European Food Safety Authority, and many others confirm that exposure to BPA doesn’t pose any threats to health of people of any age group. In fact, even premature infants have enough capability to eliminate the effects of BPA!
Myth – BPA causes cancer
Truth – BPA does not possess any carcinogenic risk to humans. The Food Standards Australia New Zealand and European Union both have verified that BPA does not have any kind of carcinogenic potential and thus, cannot cause cancer. Furthermore, one of the leading breast cancer advocacy groups – Susan G. Komen Foundation – has also reported that there is no link between BPA and the risk of breast cancer.
Myth – BPA negatively affects the endocrine system
Truth – The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has clearly stated that there is no risk to health when consumers use BPA at typical exposure levels. Also, the European Food Safety Authority confirmed that BPA is not an endocrine disruptor, based on the criteria set by the WHO. Therefore, you needn’t worry about BPA causing any estrogenic effects or endocrine disruption.
Myth – BPA exposure is most hazardous during pregnancy
Truth – As mentioned above, BPA can cause no amount of risk to people of any age group. We have also stated that premature babies also have the capacity to eliminate the risks of BPA. Similarly, even unborn children and pregnant women have no threat from BPA.
With all of the above facts, we can clearly see that BPA is not hazardous to any human age group. So, when it is not hazardous in terms of food, how else could it be hazardous!? Hence, you needn’t worry about the myths doing the rounds, and you can very comfortable opt for using polycarbonate in your applications.