About this Chemical

  • Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.
  • Bisphenol S (BPS) is an organic compound. It is commonly used as a reactant in epoxy reactions, and is used in curing fast-drying epoxy resin glues.
  • Exposed to BPA/BPS if you use plastic food containers, canned foods, water or baby bottles, plastic dinnerware, reusable cups, and other consumer products that are made with BPA. You can have short-term exposure to BPA following the application of certain dental sealants that are made with BPA materials.
  • BPA leaches from linings of canned foods and from plastic products if those foods and liquids are hot or boiling. If food containers or bottles are scratched or damaged, more BPA may be released into the food or liquid. The highest estimated exposures to BPA occur in infants and children.