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Vi har mottatt flere henvendelser fra bekymrede forbrukere som lurer på hva plastikken i Tupperware inneholder. Årsaken til dette er økt fokus på plastmaterialet polykarbonat og da særlig Bisphenol A.

Rapporter har signalisert at polykarbonat plastbeholdere kan utgjøre en risiko i forbindelse med oppbevaring av mat på grunn av migrasjon.

Polykarbonat er et sterkt og holdbart plastmateriale som da inneholder bisphenol A. Noen studier har i den senere tid signalisert at det kan være en risiko for migrasjon ved høye temperaturer, men myndigheter (både i USA, European Food Safety agency, etc) har godkjent bruken av polykarbonat. Tupperware har også helt uavhengig gjort analyser som fastslår at det ikke medfører noen risiko i bruken av våres produkter.

Tupperware benytter forøvrig IKKE polykarbonat i tåteflasker eller leketøy.

Les også: Mattilsynet advarer mot plastbokser!

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Administrerende direktør Rick Goings skrev følgende brev i forbindelse med saken:

As a result of recent media coverage, some of you may have heard about the controversy surrounding the use of polycarbonate, and specifically Bisphenol-A, in the manufacturing of various plastic consumer products. I wanted to give all of you an update on this issue and address any concerns you may have about the use of polycarbonate in the manufacture of Tupperware products.

At Tupperware Brands, we’re firmly committed to the safety and well-being of our consultants and the many consumers of our products worldwide. We’ve posted a statement which discusses our views on polycarbonate, as well as a Q&A which should help answer any questions you may have as to the safety of our products containing this material.

Based on the repeated governmental scrutiny that polycarbonate has undergone by various regulatory agencies, we continue to believe that the material is safe. We will continue to monitor this scientific debate, of course, and keep all of you posted if any new and important information comes to light.

Reports have appeared recently in the media that polycarbonate containers are unsafe for use in food contact applications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found this material to be safe. Polycarbonate is a high-strength plastic made from a monomer known as bisphenol-A (BPA). Certain Tupperware products are made from polycarbonate, including serving products and Rock ‘N Serve? storage and cooking containers. However, polycarbonate is NOT used in Tupperware baby bottles or toys.

Bisphenol-A has been an approved substance for use in food contact products for decades. Governmental regulatory agencies around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, the European Food Safety Agency, the United Kingdom Food Standards Agency and the Japanese Ministry for Health, Labor and Welfare have all approved the material. Over the last ten years, other scientists have raised concerns over the substance, including the amount which migrates out of the products during heating. These governmental agencies have reconfirmed the safety of the material during this period. Tupperware also has conducted migration studies of bisphenol-A from its products using independent testing laboratories, and found the migration levels to be within acceptable levels, as specified by the Governmental regulatory agencies.

On the strength of the repeated governmental scrutiny that polycarbonate has had, Tupperware continues to believe the material is safe. However, as Tupperware has the highest regard for the safety of the consumers of its products and the functionality of these products, it will continue to closely monitor this scientific debate and research the best materials for use in its products.

Additional References:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1178620835386.htm
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2002/602_plastic.html

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