It is important to be clear on the difference between PET bottles and BPA containers. Consumers can get confused on the types of bottles that you use for your food or beverage products.
"The safety of PET bottles and food containers has been repeatedly demonstrated under all sorts of conditions through 30 years of testing and approval by virtually every health-safety agency in the world”
There is no connection between PET plastic and Bis-phenol A. Bis-phenol A is not used in the production of PET material, nor is it used as a chemical building block for any of the materials used in the manufacture of PET.
Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is used in the plastic bottle manufacturing process. The BPA compound is included in the making of polycarbonate plastic. The polycarbonate plastic is used to line the inside of cans, bottles and other containers. The FDA and other health authorities have deemed BPA to be safe for consumers, but some advocacy groups have claimed that it contributes to cancer causing agents. This rumor has caused quite an uproar in the plastic container industry.
PET is not the same as BPA. Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is too often confused with BPA in the consumer marketplace. PET is not used with BPA and is a completely different compound from a chemical perspective. PET is utilized to reinforce and make plastics for 2 liter bottles and many other containers. It is completely safe, hygienic, and protects products very well from breaks or leaks.
Most plastic products are marked with a number that corresponds to the type of plastic it is made of. The number, known a as 'recycling code,' can be found within the triangular recycling symbol (see above) that recyclable plastics are marked with. The plastics you want to avoid are numbers 3, 6, and 7 - these are the types that can release nasty hormone disruptors and carcinogens into your food and drink.
Consumers can easily identify a PET bottle or container by its #1 recycling code. PET is the only plastic with that code. And safe to use as food container.