BPA Free Does Not Equal Nontoxic & Safe
As public awareness of the dangers of BPA grows some less than reputable manufacturers have decided to capitalize with technically true, but in our view, deceptive labeling.
Case in point is this 5 gallon water jug from Walmart. While prominently labeled as BPA free, which is commonly held as dangerous, they neglect to mention that a compound (DEHP) commonly found the #3 PVC from which the jug is made is a suspected human carcinogen according to the National Institutes of Health.
So the moral of the story is that just because something is labeled BPA free doesn’t mean it’s toxin free!
Whether any plastics are safe for food or water storage is debatable, but some plastics have been clearly identified as a health risk. No matter what the labeling may state, we recommend avoiding #3, #6 and #7 plastics when used as food or liquid containers.