I received a newspaper article written by two M.D.’s warning consumers against using plastic bottles with the #7 on the bottom of the bottles, saying that these bottles contain BPA (BISPHENOL A), believed to possibly be associated with cancer. Here is the response received when I posed that question to my bottle supplier. Note that BPA is associated with polycarbonate bottles, not the polyproplyene bottles that I use for Just Tea.
b Ball Corporation Plastic Container Operations 9343 West 108th
Circle, Broomfield, CO 80021-3682 (303)469-5511 fax
(303)460-5858 c:/Documents And Setting/Kvanusk/My Documents/Regulatory
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To: Ms. Virginia Evans (e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
449 S. Hickory Valley Road
Sparta, TN 38585
The plastic bottles produced and sold by Ball Plastic packaging are manufactured from polypropylene, high density polyethylene or polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Plastic bottles may be produced as either single layer or multi-layer containers. None of the resins used to produce Ball’s plastic bottles contain BPA. Some of Ball’s plastic bottles use the resin identification code #7.
Resin identification code #7 indicates that a bottle is made with a resin that does not have its own code, that a bottle is made of more than one resin or is a multi-layer container. The resin identification code is used to aid in the sorting of bottles for recycling. It does not indicate whether or not the bottles contain BPA.
None of Ball’s single or multi-layer bottles contain BPA. Recent media attention has focused on polycarbonate bottles, which are refillable “hard” plastic containers. Polycarbonate does not have its own code and uses the #7 code. Ball Plastic Packaging does not make polycarbonate bottles. Ball Plastic Packaging operations are guided by our commitment to be a responsible supplier, always respecting the health and safety of our employees, our contractors, our customers and the community, as well as the quality of the environment in which we live and operate.
Karen Kaas, Materials Scientist, Ball Plastic Packaging