BPA in Aluminum Cans | The Aluminum Association

BPA in Aluminum Cans

Safe and Reliable

Many aluminum food and beverage containers sold in the United States feature a protective liner on the interior of the can containing trace amounts of Bisphenol A (BPA). This liner forms a barrier between the product and metal, providing protection against food-borne diseases. These coatings have been critical to improving food and beverage safety since being introduced more than 50 years ago.

The Aluminum Association understands that ongoing research and study is taking place on the safety and efficacy of BPA and we will continue to monitor these developments closely. However:

  • According to extensive research by independent third-party government and non-governmental organizations, and risk assessments by government agencies around the world, exposure to BPA through the normal, day-to-day use of food and beverage containers is safe.
  • In the words of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “we reassure consumers that current approved uses of BPA in food containers and packaging are safe.”
  • BPA has only proven toxic in laboratory animals at levels thousands of times higher than found in normal human exposure. 
  • A report by Health Canada concluded that the average adult would need to consume 940 canned drinks in one day to even approach the “tolerable daily intake” level of BPA exposure.

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Aluminum can be merged with special films to create flexible packaging.

Increasingly, aluminum foil is being merged with flexible films to create lightweight, flexible packages. This technology allows the packaging to expand to the shape of their contents then contract as the product is consumed. 


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