To Press Releases listMay 7, 2008
Bisphenol-A is a component of polycarbonate plastic, which is the type of plastic Nestlé Waters uses for our three and five gallon bottles for home and office water coolers.
Polycarbonate is not the plastic used in our single-serve bottles or any bottles smaller than three gallons. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food packaging materials and has found polycarbonate plastic to be safe for use with water and other foods. The FDA continues to evaluate new research on the topic. Nestlé Waters abides by all of the FDA’s regulations for our products and will continue to do so.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that people can be exposed orally to 0.023 milligrams of bisphenol-A per pound of body weight per day. In tests, our products have either had nondetectable amounts of bisphenol-A or amounts no higher than two parts per billion, which is below the EPA Oral Reference Dose. In fact, a child would need to drink 285 liters per day to reach the Oral Reference Dose. An adult male of 180 lbs would need to drink 2,070 liters per day to reach the Oral Reference Dose.
The studies that have fueled media reports about bisphenol-A are based on laboratory animal tests. There is no definitive scientific evidence linking their results to humans. In fact, in January 2007 the European Food Safety Authority specifically refuted efforts to draw conclusions about humans from these animal tests.
Please know that the safety of our products, and your safety, is an utmost priority for us. We will continue to monitor this issue and pay close attention to any further guidance from government regulatory authorities.