April 22, 2008
Dear Valued Customer,
It is the policy of Crown Products, LLC ("Crown") to distribute products that meet or exceed all U.S. safety standards. We also expect that our suppliers to comply with our internal requirements of meeting or exceeding all U.S. safety standards, regardless of the products' country of origin.
Recently, there has been much discussion about possible harmful effects from the use of plastic bottles containing Bisphenol A (BPA) a chemical building block used primarily to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. According to the American Chemistry Council "the safety of Bisphenol A has been extensively evaluated, and its safety confirmed by numerous government and scientific assessments worldwide." Polycarbonate plastic products have been used safely for 50 years in common consumer products such as baby bottles, bicycle helmets, eyeglass lenses, and life-saving medical devices.
Based on numerous studies including lifetime animal studies conducted by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, BPA is not carcinogenic or mutagenic, nor does it affect reproduction or development at any realistic dose. The National Institute of Health Sciences in Tokyo Japan conducted numerous tests comparing products recalled in the fall of 1997 due to high levels of BPA with now-available products manufactured with lower levels of BPA, and found that the amount of BPA eluded was detected as very infinitesimal in the newer products. Under the food additive provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, substances used to make plastics for use with food are termed "food contact substances" and must be found safe by the US Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") before they can be marketed. In an FDA release, it was noted that "substances used to make plastics can leach into food, but as part of the approval process, the FDA considers the amount of a substance expected to migrate into food and the toxicological concerns about the particular chemical."
You may have noticed the resin identification codes on the bottom of plastic containers, which indicates the type of plastic from which an item is made. These references are intended to help consumers know whether and how to recycle various plastic products. Due to the many types of plastic, the number 7 symbol is used to identify polycarbonate and other plastic materials. These numbers are intended to identify the type plastic and not to mark as safe or harmful.
Crown makes every effort to provide products which do not present health hazards to consumers and we will continue to do so. Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns regarding the information contained herein.