This has the potential to quickly release BPA
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Improper distribution of reusable or refillable gallons of drinking water can aggravate the migration or release of harmful bisphenol A (BPA), according to a senior researcher from Airlangga University, Surabaya, East Java.
The Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Airlangga, Professor Junaidi Khotib, here on Saturday, drew attention to research on the kinetics of BPA migration from polycarbonate packaging, with more the BPA level, the more BPA is released.
“That release is really temperature and acidity level dependent. If during distribution and production gallons of potable water are exposed to direct sunlight which raises the temperature, then of course there will be a very rapid migration (of BPA),” Khotib explained. .
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According to the Dean, the National Medicines and Food Control Agency (BPOM) should no longer allow people to be constantly exposed to BPA, given its deteriorating health effects, such as disruption of the brain and mental development in early childhood.
“BPOM can reduce the risk of exposure to BPA through labeling on food and beverage packaging,” he added.
Meanwhile, data from BPOM indicated that 96.4% of reusable gallons in circulation contained BPA.
Additionally, BPOM’s latest research on the level of migration of BPA into reusable gallons in production, distribution and circulation facilities showed the release of BPA to be “very alarming”.
A professor of food processing in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Diponegoro University, Prof. Andri Cahyo Kumoro, revealed that producers often carried gallons of water recklessly, exposing them to sunlight and leaving them to wobble on the road.
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“It has the potential to quickly release BPA,” he noted in a response to rating producers, who overlooked the quality of packaged drinking water.
He noted that labeling BPA on select gallons is one option to educate members of the public, many of whom are unaware of the dangers of BPA.
“My advice is that producers should switch to safer BPA-free packaging,” he said.
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