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HOW BPA Free are you

I'll admit....I have a mix of mason jars and some *pre non bpa* lock-locks I use for dry goods.

Everything else are glass locks.

Been doing some rummaging of sorts - organizing of the pantry closet and all. Not sure if/when I'm going to bite the bullet and trash all the plastic out and go back to glass. At one point, prior to the ~lock-locks~, we were all mason jars and corningware.

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  1. Not BPA free at all. Not an issue for me.

      1. First you need to understand that BPA is only in a couple of plastics and oney one that is commonly found in the kitchen, Polycarbonate. Secondly, you need to understand that BPA only comes out of the plastic when it's at elevated temperatures, that's why it was bad in baby bottles. So unless you have a lot of polycarbonate containers, you likely are BPA free.

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        1. re: mikie

          So, mikie, what type of containers would polycarbonate be found in (in laymen's terms)?

          1. re: sandiasingh

            Generally polycarbonate/lexan - hard clear plastics. They're generally categorized into recycling code 7 products (the triangle with chasing arrows and a number inside that shows the recyclability of a plastic). Categories 1, 2 and 3 are generally products that are not made with BPA.

        2. My glass jar hoarding is pretty extensive these days :)

          There are few things that can't be nicely stored in glass.

          1. we just try to avoid microwaving anything in plastic containers

            1. dont really know. never paid attention.

              1. It's not just in polycarbonate.

                The biggest source of BPA in our household are the linings of cans -- tomatoes and soups and some beans. We've cut way back on canned soups and beans, and a little bit on canned tomatoes (with the six or seven pints I put up). But the seals of canning jars also have BPA, it's not the entire inside of the container the way it is with Muir Glen et al., though.

                1. Claims that 'you are likely BPA free' are unlikely. Over 90% of Americans have detectable levels of BPA (see publicly available NHANES data). Whether or not concentrations are high enough to affect health is an entirely different question and one that does not have a clear answer.

                  Thermal receipts (the ones from credit card machines) contain a considerable amount of BPA as do other products including some electronics and other resin-based products. Wash your hands, don't eat from heated plastics and keep your eye on the research if you have any interest. Otherwise live your life and eat well!