US: NAPCOR plays down PET safety fears
The trade group for PET packaging has reassured consumers that PET bottles are safe.
The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), yesterday (25 September) answered a number of safety-related questions about PET bottles in an effort to set the record straight about the packaging material.
Single-serve water or carbonated PET beverage bottles, "identified by a small number '1'or 'PETE' on the container side or bottom", have been up for assessment following more companies converting to recyclable alternatives to plastic.
NAPCOR confirmed that a PET bottle can be safely frozen, recycled and does not contain either Bis-phenol A, which some claim can cause birth defects, or Phthalates, a certain type of plasticiser.
The trade body added that Antimony Oxide is often used in extremely tiny amounts as a 'catalyst' in the production of PET plastic, but its minor use in PET "does not endanger workers, consumers, or the environment".
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