As science and technology have advanced, the foodservice industry has responded by making products that are better for the end user. One of the latest discoveries to spark conversation is the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in thousands of commercial products around the world, from food packaging equipment to baby bottles. Initially introduced in the 1940s as a material which when combined with polycarbonate would harden plastics, the chemical has now made its way into a widespread, mainstream role, appearing everywhere from the cans in your pantry to the tupperware holding leftovers in your refrigerator. (According to the Centers for Disease Control, a recent study showed that 93% of Americans have BPA in their urine, a testament to the real, inevitable existence of this product in our lives.) Recently, scientists and researchers have learned that exposure to this chemical can have an adverse effect on your health (think neurological damage, cancer and endocrine disruption), leading many manufacturers, including many foodservice manufacturers, to revolutionize their construction practices. This topic of conversation is particularly relevant in the foodservice industry, since so many manufacturers use plastic in their products. (Think: even the plastic liners found in many canned goods can seep into your food.) Though BPA has been proven to have a negative impact, it is worth noting that in reality, BPA isn’t the only chemical that should be worried about when dealing with plastic in the foodservice industry. However, with all the research and evidence that has bubbled to the surface in recent years, there is no reason why you and others shouldn’t be informed and educated of its potential threat. Luckily, many of the manufacturers that we stock at Mission Restaurant Supply have decided to pave the road to a safer, BPA-free destination. Take Rubbermaid’s Food Storage Boxes, for instance. Favored industry-wide for their durability and pure functionality in the workplace, you can now store food more confidentally in Rubbermaid boxes given their lack of BPA. How Will I Know An Item Is BPA Free On Your Website? At MissionRS.com, we’ve taken the liberty to create the circular stamp/symbol shown above that will let you know if an item is BPA Free or not. On every product page that is BPA Free you will see this symbol. An example of a product page is below:
We are constantly adding this green logo to items, many times just as soon as we hear that it has been listed BPA Free. If you have questions as to whether an item is BPA Free please don’t hestitate to call our team at 800-319-0690 and we can double check for you!