Dreaded number 7 and BPA

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    So is anyone else watching Nightly News on NBC right now? Here I am cooking dinner and they start talking about BPA and the new report that the FDA was not fully advised of the dangers of BPA and that experts are now recommending that you not microwave any plastics with the number 7 on them.

    So what do I do next? I look at my micro cooker that I am currently cooking dinner in and it has a number 7... I had to look for it as it is not on the bottom as is most plastics but it is on the under side of one of the handles.

    Now what?

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    I would email PC test kitchens and ask them the question. I would let them know where you saw the report. That is my thought

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    Good thinking, Jennie.

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    Yeah I emailed them, we will see what they say. Any canadian consultants have any opinion here? The Canadian government has banned BPA, do you guys have the micro cookers?

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    we still have the micro cookers in Canada. The CDN gov't hasn't fully banned it yet, but are looking at a full ban, pending further investigation.

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    hmm something to watch and wait

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    I just looked on my micro cooker and it has a 6, so I looked at another that I have on hand and it says a 5.... what's the story with 5 and 6?

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    This is on CC and has been for awhile.

    Here's what PC says:

    Polycarbonate Plastic Product Inquiries

    Recent media reports question the safety of products made with polycarbonate plastic and specifically, Bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate products. Rest assured, all Pampered Chef products designed to come into contact with food meet or exceed all current and applicable regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and are food-contact safe. The FDA has studied and approved the use of polycarbonate plastic and BPA for many years. We will continue to monitor any and all FDA developments with respect to BPA to ensure the continued safety of our products.

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    thanks Kristi, I was geting ready to go look for that.

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    As you can see from Kristi's post from CC the micro cookers are not listed.

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    I saw that on CC a while ago, I knew it was there. I was wondering about the whole number 7 issue...

    I got a call from HO today and she said that the number 7 is an "other" category and that it is simply for recycling purposes. Not all things labeled with the 7 have BPA and that the micro cookers do not have BPA (which I knew). I just didnt understand why the "expert" was saying not to use any plastic labeled with the 7. Their point that they failed to make was that the "other" category means you may not know what is in the plastic. If our customers ask this is the answer we can give them...

    That's all I was trying to get, sorry for the confusion, I was not suggesting that the micro cooker has BPA I just wanted an answer to the number 7 issue.

    Thanks for all your help ladies

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