Plastics used in food contact surfaces are manufactured with materials recognized by the United States Food and Drug Administration as being safe for food contact. Care should be taken to use and clean these materials in accordance with the instruction manual recommendations and safeguards.
Current West Bend and Back to Basics products or components containing polycarbonate:
Egg Cooker Cover
Stir Crazy popper covers
Kettle Krazy cover
Air Crazy popper cover
Current West Bend and Back to Basics products containing SAN or POM, which are BPA-free:
Slushie Express Cups and Lids
Smoothie Maker Blending Jars
Plastic Iced Tea Pitchers
Arctic Pops™ Maker Ice Pop Sticks
Blender Express Blending Jars
Smoothie Express Blending Jars
Products whose containers are molded of polypropylene, which is BPA-free:
Cocoa Latte blending jars
Ice Pop makers
Slow Cooker travel lids
Products whose containers are molded in microwave-safe high heat polyester, which is BPA-free:
Microwave Treat Dipper
Microwave Popcorn Popper
The bottles for our flavored syrups are made of PET, which is BPA-free.
All colorants used in these materials fall under the same guidelines for food safety.
Other materials used in contact with food include food safe thermoplastic elastomers and ceramic products.
Refer to the instruction manual included with your product for specific care and use guidelines.
Bisphenol-A in Plastics*:
On August 15, 2008 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft assessment of the safety of Bisphenol-A in food-contact products such as baby bottles, water bottles and food containers. The assessment, which was conducted by a cross-agency task force of FDA scientists, reaffirms the safety of products made from polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, including products intended for use by infants and children. The assessment took into account data and information from recent reviews of Bisphenol-A conducted by the governments of the United States, Canada and Europe, as well as from non-governmental sources. Specific health effects identified in other reviews as being of some concern were independently analyzed by FDA scientists. Overall, the assessment states, "FDA concludes that an adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure from food contact uses, for infants and adults."
*source - Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Recycling Symbols on plastics, Bisphenol-A
Originally developed for plastic bottles, containers and packaging, some plastic appliance components now carry a recycling symbol. Plastics marked with a "7" denote a category for "all other" recyclable materials. Some plastics in this category contain BPA. It is not possible for a consumer to tell if recyclables marked with a "7" contain BPA.
It is not recommended to boil water in plastics, or to microwave in them, unless they are specifically rated for microwave use. These materials are safe when used as intended.