Bisphenol A (BPA), an industrial chemical linked to serious health problems, has come under consumer fire worldwide because of its use in everyday items such as canned food linings, hard plastic bottles, and store register receipts. The chemical is not used in any packaging by Isagenix and the company has historically warned consumers of the harmful effects of BPA and other chemicals present in our food, air, and water.
Finally, by March 31, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will decide whether or not to ban the use of BPA in food packaging across the nation. The decision is in response to a lawsuit brought against the FDA by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which sued the organization for inaction after the National Toxicology Program released an alarming report in April 2008 linking the chemical to effects on infant development.
While the FDA has not yet made their official ruling, in 2010 the agency reversed its position on BPA of 40 years and said it would expand regulation of the chemical. The agency launched an investigation into health effects of BPA at low doses and currently recommends consumers reduce exposure to BPA, particularly children.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 92 percent of Americans have trace levels of BPA in their urine, with the largest proportion in children. BPA can leach into food and drinks when heated, which may raise the risk of brain and behavioral problems, infertility, obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Because of its similar chemical structure as estrogen, BPA may disrupt natural hormones in the body affecting development of reproductive organs, the signaling in the brain, expression of genes. It may also contribute to development of chronic disease.
Under the current regulations, BPA is classified as a “food additive” and manufacturers do not have to report its inclusion in their products. The chemical is used in food packaging for its role in making plastic shatter proof and has widespread use in hard plastic bottles, soda cans, canned foods, and as a protective liner in hundreds of other packaging materials.
Hundreds of different formulations of BPA are in circulation found in everything from food containers to water pipes to dental sealants. More than 45 billion kilograms of plastic are manufactured in the United States every year, along with six billion tons of BPA. Incidentally, BPA ranks among the top 2 percent of high production chemicals.
The FDA decision may be similar to that of Health Canada. In 2010, Health Canada officially declared BPA a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which led the government to limit the use of BPA in food products.
Previously, in 2008, Health Canada banned the use of BPA in baby bottles along with several U.S. states enacting their own regulations.
Isagenix Products Safety
Isagenix is committed to promoting health and wellness through dietary quality and safety. All of our products and packaging are guaranteed BPA free. Products and packaging include all HDPE (high density polyethylene) plastic containers, shakers, and blenders. HDPE, in particular, is considered one of the safest plastics in the world.
The company demands the highest quality products for consumers. The environment is replete with toxins—from pollutants in water, air, and food—and Isagenix takes pride in helping you lead a healthy lifestyle with minimized exposure to toxic chemicals.
Isagenix maintains a proactive approach to minimizing exposure of toxic pollutants to consumers by choosing packaging that is free of BPA, dioxins, and other harmful chemicals that may leach into and compromise the nutritional quality of our products.