What is Bisphenol A (BPA)?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical compound used to make plastics and is used in some plastic additives. BPA’s primary use is in the manufacture of plastics (primarily epoxy resins and polycarbonate).
Where is BPA commonly found?
Certain hard plastics, drinking bottles, aluminum cans, toys, paper receipts – just to name a few.
Is BPA banned?
On July 17th, 2012 the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) suggestion to discontinue using polycarbonate resins in baby bottles and sippy cups. Since Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used in the process to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins; the approval basically bans BPA in these types of products.
Several states have already banned BPA which mostly affects food or drink containers for use by children less than 3 years old. The following states either have current or pending regulation for BPA use: California, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
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ATS Offers Unmatched BPA Testing Capability to 0.1 Parts per Billion Level
Applied Technical Services (ATS) has established a detection limit of 0.1 parts per billion (ppb) to test for the presence of Bisphenol A (BPA) in various products. This is important to note because this unmatched capability can help your company achieve compliance with various state laws, and one in particular that has established a very low limit for BPA. Specifically, on July 1, 2013 the Toxin-Free Infants and Toddlers Act will go into effect in the state of California. The act establishes an allowable limit for BPA in bottles or cups intended for use by children three years of age or younger. The current California limit for BPA is 0.1 parts per billion (ppb). The main concern of manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of products affected by this regulation is finding a testing laboratory that can perform analysis for BPA to the low limit. ATS has indeed established a method to test down to these ultra-low levels. The instrumentation our lab uses to detect BPA with a detection limit of 100 ppt (which is equivalent to 0.1 ppb)is the Triple Quad Liquid Chromatography Mass-Spectrometer (LC/MS/MS). Testing to this extremely low detection limit will ensure your company is in compliance with the California limit. To view the entire California Act please click on the following link: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/.
ATS is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), certificate number 1888.01 and 1888.02. Additionally, we are a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accredited lab, our laboratory identification number is 1030.