Birmingham-based Catering Equipment Limited is set to sell the first ever polycarbonate gastronorm containers that do not contain the controversial Bisphenol A (BPA) property.
Working with its Italian manufacturing partners and German chemical suppliers, the company has developed a formula that allows it to produce the standard range of polycarbonate containers and lids without using the chemical.
Bisphenol A has been the centre of controversy with regards to babies’ feeding bottles and has now been banned from feeding bottles and water bottles in many countries.
Scientists discovered a link to some negative health effects four years ago but it remains widely used in all types of plastic materials.
Anthony Prestage, CEO of Catering Equipment Limited, believes schools, preschools and nurseries will be the first to demand this new “super safe” BPA-free product, with food manufacturers likely to follow suit.
“Our staff are all very excited about this fantastic development in the market,” said Prestage, adding that he expects competitors to follow his company’s lead.
Catering Equipment Limited stocks more than 70,000 gastronorm containers and sink items at its Midlands headquarters.
Prestage says that in future customers will be able to specify BPA-free containers and lids and, to save any confusion, new BPA-free products will be clearly marked so that customers can be certain they have the correct container or lid.