I am thirsty for some caipirinha, so I am looking for an ice crushing blender. The Dualit is an exceptionally beautiful blender, though quite expensive. However, upon asking Dualit online customer service if the Tritan jar is BPA free, the answer is “Unfortunately we can not confirm that the jar is BPA free.”
What is BPA? Bisphenol A (BPA) is a man-made carbon-based synthetic compound with the chemical formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2 belonging to the group of diphenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols. BPA is used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins; it has been in commercial use since 1957.
BPA-based plastic is clear and tough, and is used to make a variety of common consumer goods (such as baby and water bottles, sports equipment, and CDs and DVDs) and for industrial purposes, like lining water pipes. Epoxy resins containing BPA are used as coatings on the inside of many food and beverage cans. It is also used in making thermal paper such as that used in sales receipts. It is part of the bisphenols group of chemical compounds with two hydroxyphenyl functionalities. It is a colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. Bisphenol A has a vapor pressure of 5×10−6 Pa.
BPA exhibits hormone-like properties at high dosage levels that raise concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers where exposure is orders of magnitude lower. Since 2008, several governments have investigated its safety, which prompted some retailers to withdraw polycarbonate products. A 2010 report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified possible hazards to fetuses, infants, and young children.
Since that time numerous studies performed at the National Center for Toxicological Research have been performed that addressed many of those issues. The European Union and Canada have restricted BPA for use in baby bottles. Whereas US FDA has removed the use of BPA in baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula packaging based on market abandonment, not safety.