It’s a question that many consumers have on their minds: is their plastic safe to use? In the majority of cases, the answer is yes. Plastics that are used on a day-to-day basis are tested rigorously by the Food and Drug Administration, as well as plastic manufacturers. Here is everything you need to know:
From soft drinks to shampoo, plastic is found in almost everything we use. Plastic’s ubiquity is a reason for concern for some. However, the mass majority of the most commonly used plastics are safe for humans. Not only that, but these plastics are rigorously tested by manufacturers, producers, and the FDA. Before a plastic product is put on the shelves of your local grocery store, it undergoes chemical, mechanical, and physical tests to ensure any banned or restricted materials are not present. Multiple regulatory tests are performed, and many companies often go above and beyond what is legally required.
What about BPA?
Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been a subject of controversy in recent years. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into our food and water, causing some to worry that it could result in health defects, especially in children. However, according to countless studies by the FDA, the amount of BPA that seeps into our food is extremely minimal. This small amount is harmless to humans, making it safe to consume.