The evidence BPA (bisphenol A) is having toxic effects on humans is becoming more and more solid. Just recently a paper in JAMA found BPA may be associated heart disease and other probelms in humans. Other research has shown possible association with metabolic disorders (one thing I didn’t note in the second post is that the two studies reinforce each other with the metabolic findings like diabetes). Furthermore, the FDA’s own panel called FDA’s okey-dokie/industry-studies-only assessment of BPA flawed and it was announced yesterday that the FDA has called a do-over.
Therefore, it may surprise you to know that there exist (and have existed for a while), FDA-approved alternative coatings as Chemical and Engineering News reports. Why aren’t they being used? From the C&EN article it seems that the simple reason that BPA is still being used is that you would have to use different coating for different applications (gasp!) as opposed to the one-toxic-chemical-fits-all approach.
PS Reading the C&EN article, you now have another reason to buy the ‘fresh’ sauerkraut or make your own.
PPS Can a fermented product be classified as fresh? That doesn’t seem right to AT.