BPA or Bisphenol A is an organic compound used in the manufacture of plastics and is commonly found in kettles that are made from plastic or have plastic components. Around the world, health organisations and governments have been investigating the effects of BPA on the human body and the response from each has been similar. In Europe, the EU have said that it is generally safe as long as the product is ‘used as intended’ while as recently as November 2010, have ruled somewhat conversely that the compound should be banned in the manufacture of baby products, such as baby bottles. The UK’s stance on BPA is that it is fine and safe for use, as the exposure we all get is well below levels that would be harmful to health. Across the Atlantic the United States Food and Drugs Administration raised concerns in 2010 about the safety of the compound with particular concern for babies and foetuses. With so much conflicting information on BPA and its effects, it’s easy to be confused about what the truth really is.
Recent studies suggest that the compound may have detrimental effects on human health. There is evidence that links exposure to the compound to various health conditions, including obesity, reproductive problems, coronary problems, diabetes, genetic defects and even increased susceptibility to prostate cancer. The data suggests that people who are subjected to BPA are at a greater risk during the earlier stages of development, i.e. pre-natal and neonatal stages.
Knowing what we now know about BPA, and more importantly what we don’t know about it, some have thought it best to stay away from products that contain it. Though the compound is neither persistent in the environment, nor in the human body, there is still a constant exposure to the substance. The principal source of BPA in humans is through diet, though the foods we eat do not inherently contain the compound, nor is it found in nature. Bisphenol A tends to get into the food that we eat from the containers the foods are stored or prepared, such as bottles, cans, pots and yes, even kettles. Some investigations into the release of BPA from the plastic show that there is a greater release of the compound when the plastic is heated, this means that extra care should be taken for example when heating foods in plastic containers, and in our case, boiling water in kettles.
Here at electricshopping.com, we have had a number of customers contacting us to ask which products have BPA in them, so we thought we would compile this list to help you make an informed decision on your next kettle. After all, we all want to make sure that we are as healthy as we possibly can be! You’ll find a list of our main kettle manufacturers below, and if their products contain BPA. This list was compiled in June 2011, so by the time you read this it may have changed a little. The general trend we found however was that all brands were working towards removing BPA from their products, it looks like it’s the end of the road for this little compound in the plastics we use to store and heat food and drink.
||BPA is present in all polycarbonate kettles. Most metal kettles do not contain BPA in the boiling chamber
||BPA present in all clear plastics. Metal kettles are BPA-free. Company working to remove BPA from all kettles.
||All kettles are BPA-free.(*please see below)
||All kettles are BPA-free.
||All kettles aside from Basics and Debut ranges are BPA-free.
We hope that providing you with the most up to date information on BPA has been helpful, electricshopping.com offers a wide range of kettles that are BPA-free. We offer BPA-free kettles starting at around just £15, including free UK delivery. While we don’t yet know the exact effects of Bisphenol A on our health, choosing a BPA free kettle may be a wise choice nonetheless. Whichever product you choose, you can be confident that you are getting the product developed with your wellbeing in mind and at a price that suits your budget. We stock well over 100 different models, click here to find the perfect kettle for you.
* Update 11/10/11 – We have a customer who kindly contacted us to say that Kenwood kettles are NOT BPA free, this is not what we have been told on this issue by Kenwood, so you may like to check if the model you are interested in is 100% BPA free. Thanks to EH for pointing this out.