07 May BPA-free?
Posted at 06:56h in Research
– Information about ingredients and chemicals
- Bisphenol A or BPA
All products in the current Pigeon range are completely BPA-FREE
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that is used primarily as a chemical backbone (monomer) to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins.
When BPA started to be employed in industrial manufacturing of polycarbonate plastic in 1957, it was found to give plastic a unique combination of very useful properties – in particular optical clarity, shatter-resistance and high heat-resistance.
These characteristics have made polycarbonate an important part of everyday life in a wide variety of applications, especially food manufacturing and construction.
Because it has been used to make consumer products for more than 50 years now, and because of its diffusion in many everyday products like baby bottles and food/drinks containers, BPA has been the subject of extensive scientific study and controversial evaluation over the last decade.
One of the main arguments against BPA is that it is also a synthetic hormone that mimics oestrogen, binding to the same receptors in the human body (and the bodies of other mammals) as natural female hormones.
In the 1930s, extensive tests were conducted to determine whether Bisphenol A could be used in hormone replacement therapy for women, but it ultimately proved less effective than other chemicals as a source of synthetic oestrogen.
For this property scientists and researchers claim that exposure to Bisphenol A can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer and liver abnormalities in adults and result in brain and hormone development problems in foetuses and young children.
As its proven that small amounts of BPA can contaminate food when heated up on when plastic deteriorate, their claim is that even though for the most part, human exposure to Bisphenol is low-level in most of the plastic used for consumer products, the exposure to a human body is also continuous and widespread, because BPA is present in so many of the products we all use every day.
However no position has been definitely taken and no final and unified response has been given to the public.
Starting in 2008, several governments decided to reassess BPA’s safety, with different results again. Pushed by media and public opinion some governments prompted retailers in specific industries (especially baby products manufacturers) to withdraw polycarbonate products from the market.
Australia was one of them.
As soon as BPA raised more serious concerns, PIGEON introduced our current BPA FREE bottle range, made of either PP (milky-coloured plastic) or PPSU (honey-toned) bottles.
All Pigeon products are Phthalate-free.
For more information about Phthalates, please see this link http://www.babycenter.com/0_phthalates-what-you-need-to-know_3647067.bc
- Methylisothiazolinone or MI
All Pigeon products are MI-free.
For more information about MI, please see this link http://www.goodguide.com/ingredients/53090-methylisothiazolinone-ingredient-information-reviews
- Iodopropynyl butylcarbamate or IPBC
All Pigeon products are IPBC-free.
IPBCs are used in many cosmetics and can cause allergic reactions. For more information about IPBCs, please see this link http://www.dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/iodopropynyl-butylcarbamate-allergy.html