BPA in Pop Cans
In 2012, based on the overall weight of recent evidence, Health Canada’s Food Directorate concluded that “current dietary exposure to BPA through food packaging uses is not expected to pose a health risk to the general population, including newborns and young children. This conclusion is consistent with those of other food regulatory agencies in other countries, including notably the United States, the European Union and Japan.
Bisphenol A is used safely around the globe in many products, including food packaging, medical devices, sports equipment, dental sealants and compact disc covers.
The vast majority of aluminum cans used today, including those used for beverage products, contain a lining to prevent spoilage and protect the contents from direct contact with the aluminum.
While a minute amount of BPA is used in these linings, the process and conditions of aluminum can manufacturing virtually eliminates the presence of BPA.
In fact, according to Health Canada research, levels of BPA in pop cans are so low that in order to exceed Health Canada’s provisional tolerable daily intake a 60 kg individual would have to consume, in one day, 333 litres (or 940 355 mL cans) of the beverage with the highest detected BPA levels.
The beverage industry provides a wide variety of beverage packaging options — all of which are safe. Our PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottles do not contain any BPA.
The Canadian Beverage Association represents the majority of non-alcoholic refreshment beverages produced and sold in Canada. Learn more by visiting our website at www.canadianbeverage.ca.
Jim Goetz, President, Canadian Beverage Association