BPA: Helping you make the Right Choice for your Family
Moms and families have depended on Rubbermaid storage containers for decades to help them store, organize and protect their valuables, including food and beverages. Historically, polycarbonate (which contains Bisphenol-A) was used in a small fraction of our food and beverage storage containers to provide the clarity and stain and odor resistance consumers desired.
However, we recognize consumer concerns around the BPA issue, and we have identified new materials which do not contain BPA that allow us to retain the consumer-desired stain-resistance benefits. We recently introduced new versions of our stain-resistant Premier food storage containers and Refill Reuse water bottles that are BPA-free. This version of Premier has a BPA-free stamp on the bottom of the container, differentiating it from the earlier version. This page also shows images of the new items in comparison to the original versions, as well as images of other historical products that contained BPA.
|Premier (Launched March 2010) – Look for the BPA-Free logo on the bottom||Produce Saver||Easy Find Lids||Lock-Its||TakeAlongs||Lock-Its Canisters||Modular Canisters|
|Collapsibles||Flex & Seal||Double Airtight Seal Canisters||Stackable Canisters||Flex & Seal Canisters||Cylinder Canisters||Round Jars|
|Square Jars||Durable Egg Keepers||Bread Keeper||Durable Butter Dish||Butter Dish||Durable Cake Keeper||TakeAlong Chip & Dip Tray|
|Egg Keeper||Durables||Twist & Seal||Servin’ Saver Plus||Servin’ Saver||EZ Topps||Munchettes|
|Basic Container||Elegan Bowls & Serving Bowls|
|Carafe||Stain-Resistant Premium Chug Bottle||Stain-Resistant Premium Sip Bottle||Premium Chug Bottles||Premium Sip Bottle||Premium Squirt-Top Bottles|
|Chug Bottles – (#5 type plastic)||Sip Bottles||Squirt-Top Bottles||MixerMate Bottles||MixerMate Pitchers||Mixing Pitchers||Classic Pitchers|
|Classic Pitchers||Ice Cube Tray||Ice Cube Bins||Litterless Juice Boxes||Basic Bottles||Basic Bottles||Water Dispeners|
|Juice Box with Sleeve||TakeAlong Bottles||Sip n’ Sport||Chuggable||Elegan Cups||Cool Contours|
|Ice Chests / Coolers||Marine Ice Chests / Coolers||Water Coolers||Water Jugs||Blue Ice Icolator||Blue Ice Packs||Blue Ice Blankets|
|Premier – These do not have the BPA-Free logo on the bottom||Stainshield||Stainshield Canisters
(#7 type plastic)
|Measuring Cups||Endurance beverage bottles||Polycarbonate Chug beverage bottles
(#7 type plastic)
|Polycarbonate Sip beverage bottles
(#7 type plastic)
|Elegan Steamer||Elegan Cake Keepers||Elegan Pitchers & Mixing Pitchers||Elegan Water Dispenser||Elegan Cheese Tray||Elegan Dry Storage||Elegan Bulk Storage|
Consumer health and safety are Rubbermaid’s paramount concern, so we have compiled the following information to better inform our consumers about Bisphenol A (BPA).
Q: What is BPA?
A: Bisphenol A (“BIS–fen–all A”) is a chemical used as a building block of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins for food surface applications.
Q: Is BPA dangerous?
A: We are aware that there have been some concerns raised recently about possible health effects, but BPA has been used safely in the manufacture of hundreds of products for decades. There have been no reports of illness connected to BPA. Use of plastics made with BPA fully complies with standards from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as the historically stringent regulators of public health issues in the European Union. We know the issues around BPA continue to be discussed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and we are closely following developments in this area.
Q: Is it in Rubbermaid products?
A: Previously, polycarbonate (which contains BPA) was used in a small fraction of our products, including Premier, because polycarbonate provides the clarity and stain & odor resistance consumers desire. Based on numerous scientific studies, major regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Union, continue to believe Biphenol A is safe in food contact applications. Rubbermaid is committed to following the guidelines set forth by appropriate regulatory bodies such as the FDA, EU, NSF or other regulatory agencies that specific products may fall under. It is not our intent to make judgments outside of what the FDA has set forth as guidelines. However, in the spirit of responding to our consumers concerns, we made the decision to no longer use polycarbonate in any of our consumer food storage product lines, and as of January 2010, we now manufacture all consumer food storage products with BPA Free materials.
Q: Why did Rubbermaid use it?
A: Consumer demand for food storage containers that better resist stains and odors led to the inclusion of plastics that contain BPA in Rubbermaid’s “Premier,” food storage product line. Over the years, only a small fraction of Rubbermaid-branded food storage containers and water bottles were made with plastics that contain BPA. We used plastics made with BPA to achieve these performance enhancements because it has been used safely in the manufacture of hundreds of products for years. However, we recognize consumer concerns around the BPA issue and we have identified new materials which do not contain BPA that allow us to retain consumer-desired stain-resistance benefits. We recently introduced new versions of our stain-resistant Premier food storage containers and Refill Reuse water bottles that are BPA-free. This version of Premier has a new decorative swirl pattern on the base as well as a BPA-free stamp on the bottom of the container so that it can be easily differentiated from the earlier version. The “Learn about BPA link” (found on the Rubbermaid.com home page, and above) also shows images of the new items in comparison to the original versions, as well as images of other historical products that contained BPA.
Q: Which products are made from plastics that contain BPA?
A: Because we believe strongly in helping consumers make informed choices, we clearly distinguish which products include BPA and we offer dozens of BPA-free food storage products with similar functionality. The “Learn about BPA link” (found on the top of all Rubbermaid.com pages) also shows images of the new items in comparison to the original versions, as well as images of other historical products that contained BPA.
Q: Where else can consumers find reliable information on BPA?
A: Consumers can visit the following web sites for more information:
• European Food Safety Authority study – www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press_room/press_release/pr_bpa.html
• American Chemistry Council – www.bisphenol-a.org
• Environmental Protection Agency – www.epa.gov/endocrine/about.html
• American Council on Science and Health – www.acsh.org/search/home_result.asp
Q: Which government and regulatory agencies have reviewed polycarbonate?
A: Many government and regulatory agencies, including those listed below, have conducted comprehensive testing and review of polycarbonate (which contains BPA) and determined that it poses no health risk to humans.
• The Environmental Protection Agency (USA)
• The Food and Drug Administration (USA)
• The European Commission Scientific Committee on Food
• The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
• Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
Q: Health Canada has moved to ban the sale of baby bottles containing BPA in Canada. What is Rubbermaid’sstance on Health Canada’s decision?
A: Rubbermaid Consumer does not make or sell baby bottles, but there are some historical Rubbermaid Consumer food and beverage containers that are made from polycarbonate which do contain Bisphenol-A (BPA). The Canadian government has examined the safety of BPA in plastic food and beverage containers, and has deemed it safe in food packaging applications. For more detail, visit Health Canada’s webpage on this topic: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/packag-emball/bpa/index-eng.php. Consumer health and safety is of paramount concern at Rubbermaid, so we will continue to monitor Health Canada’s guidance regarding BPA.
Q: What is Rubbermaid’s response to November 2008 reports by Good Housekeeping on Bisphenol A (“BIS–fen–all A”)?
A: Good Housekeeping affirmed that BPA as used in our food and beverage storage containers is safe for consumers. We are questioning the claims by Good Housekeeping that there are even trace amounts of BPA in our Easy Find Lids containers, as BPA is not found in the facility or the process used to manufacturer Easy Find Lids. In January 2009, we conducted an independent 3rd party test to further analyze the results. We sent samples of our Easy Find Lids containers, as well as the individual raw materials used to manufacture Easy Finds Lids to this 3rd party facility. They did not find any detectable BPA in any of the samples we sent them.
Q: What is Rubbermaid’s response to reports by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that high levels of Bisphenol A (“BIS–fen–all A”) can increase the odds of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities?
A: We are aware of these recent reports and take the findings very seriously. Use of plastics made with BPA fully complies with standards from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as the historically stringent regulators of public health issues in the European Union. We know the issues around BPA continue to be discussed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and we are closely following developments in this area.
Q. What is Rubbermaid’s response to the article “Store It Right” in the February 2011 issue of Woman’s Day Magazine?
A. The article published in Woman’s Day reported incorrect information and has since retracted key points. .
For further clarification on Rubbermaid Consumer’s response, please see below.
The article stated: “Health experts say to avoid all high heats. That includes the microwave and dishwasher.” It also stated: “…food should only be microwaved in glass or ceramic dishes—not plastic, because it could leach the harmful chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).” While some plastic food storage containers contain bisphenol-A, no products currently manufactured by Rubbermaid Consumer contain BPA. As a result, all current Rubbermaid Consumer food storage products can be microwaved and dishwashed with no chance of BPA leaching into any foodstuffs stored inside.
The article also stated: “Look for containers stamped BPA Free. If you’re not sure, check the number that identifies the type of plastic. Type 7 can contain BPA, so you shouldn’t use it.” We’d like to point out that the material identification numbers on plastic products are for recycling purposes only—they aren’t an indicator of food contact safety or for identifying intended use. The material identification code of “7 (OTHER)” simply means that product does not fall into one of the other recycling classifications, 1-6. In addition, any product that would contain multiple materials would also fall into the identification code of “7 (OTHER),” even if there is no presence of BPA. For additional help in determining whether or not a specified Rubbermaid Consumer product contains BPA, please visit the top portion of this web page and review the images in the “Does Not Contain BPA” and “Does Contain BPA” sections.
About stainless steel containers, the article stated: “As for kids lunches, the container can be safely knocked around without releasing chemicals.” The implication here seems to be that other containers, including plastic ones, might release chemicals if they are physically knocked around or are treated roughly. However, our research and knowledge of plastics and other materials indicate there aren’t any circumstances where rough handling of a plastic food storage container could cause it to leach chemicals. Furthermore, as we outlined before, no current Rubbermaid consumer food storage products contain BPA, phthalates, dioxins, adipates or other plasticizers—so they do not leach these sorts of chemicals under any circumstances, including microwaving and dishwashing