SomaVita bottles do not contain BPA

The SomaVita bottles do not contain BPA (Bisphenol A). The most commonly used resin in which BPA is found is polycarbonate. This material was used in baby bottles and in reusable water containers until 2011.

The following letter is from the manufacturer, clearly stating that the resins used do not contain BPA:

Alpha Packaging bottles and jars do not contain Bisphenol A. Over the past few weeks, many people have called us with questions about the safety of the plastic bottles and jars we manufacture. These calls were prompted by media reports about the potential dangers of Bisphenol A, a phthalate that some say can cause cancer or other harmful effects on the human body.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a building material made from polycarbonate (PC), a hard, transparent plastic commonly used in baby bottles, reusable water bottles, and other applications. It is not found in polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is commonly used in disposable water bottles and soda bottles, nor in high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

Misleading media reports are the reason for the uncertainty. We know that many of our customers are informed about the chemical composition of plastic packaging, but unfortunately not always your customers. There is a lot of confusion among consumers because of bad media portrayal or bad journalism. For example: Recent reports say that “water bottles” are a primary source of BPA, and the accompanying TV footage shows disposable PET bottles being removed from shelves rather than reusable water bottles at stores like Wal-Mart in Canada.

Another example of misleading reporting: U.S. News and World Reports state that Recycle Codes 3, 6, and 7 indicate bottles that contain BPA. Again, while PVC (recycle code #3), PS (recycle code #6) and PC (recycle code #7) contain BPA, the media fail to mention that recycle code #7 is not always a bottle made from polycarbonate. Code #7 means “other plastics” that do not belong in categories 1 through 6. “Other” plastics include polylactide (PLA), a corn-based, transparent resin that is also used as a raw material for disposable bottles that do not contain Bisphenol A.

Concerns about the safety of plastic bottles are regularly raised, but PET and HDPE have consistently proven to be safe to use as rigid packaging. Incidentally, we had our PET bottles tested for the presence of BPA and phthalates and the results showed that no traces of these chemicals were ever found.

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