Rubbermaid has pleasantly surprised us by publishing complete lists of both BPA free and products containing BPA. They went the extra step and included pictures to simplify the decision-making process.
They still maintain that “BPA has been used safely in the manufacture of thousands of products for years and its use fully complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other historically stringent public health regulators in the European Union and Japan.”
A great explanation of the #7 recycling category is also offered (as we previously discussed here):
Recent news coverage has suggested that plastic containers and bottles labeled with the number “7” material identification code on the bottom contain BPA. While all polycarbonate plastics containing BPA are labeled with the number “7” identification code, not all plastics labeled with the number “7” contain BPA. The number “7” code is assigned to the “Other” category, which includes all plastics not otherwise assigned to categories #1-6. The majority of Rubbermaid food and beverage containers are assigned to category number “5”, although some non-BPA containing Rubbermaid products are assigned to category”7” due to their unique combination of plastic types.
It's great to see that parents have been able to make such an impression on many major plastics manufacturers.
Photo source: Rubbermaid website