Ask TSL: Does Tupperware Contain BPA?

UPDATE: Good news!  Tupperware now has a large selection of their products tagged as BPA-free and have updated their site with a statement about how they've switched to BPA-free materials.  We still recommend skipping all Tupperware products made with #7 plastic though (see their most current plastics guide from 2012).

Tupperware is one of the most recognized names in food storage, which explains why we are consistently asked whether they use BPA in their products.  There is no short, simple answer to this question, but Tupperware does provide some information to help us sort through their products.

As of today, Tupperware lists the Rock ‘N Serve™ and Vent ‘N Serve™ storage and microwave reheating containers as being made from polycarbonate, which uses bisphenol-a (BPA) as one if its main building blocks.  The full list of products includes:

  • Ice Prisms: Bowls, Pitcher & Tumbler Set
  • Kitchen Duos
  • Microsteamer
  • Microwave Cooker – Oval
  • Microwave Luncheon Plate
  • Quick Chef Base
  • Sheerly Elegant Line
  • Tumbler Bouquet & Pitcher Set

And while they're careful to point out that “polycarbonate is NOT used in Tupperware baby bottles or toys,” they devote a whole section of their website to defending the use of BPA, even linking to the chemical industry's website singing the praises of the BPA.

Bisphenol-A has been an approved substance for use in food contact products for decades. Governmental regulatory agencies around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, the European Food Safety Agency, the United Kingdom Food Standards Agency and the Japanese Ministry for Health, Labor and Welfare have all approved the material. Over the last ten years, other scientists have raised concerns over the substance, including the amount which migrates out of the products during heating. These governmental agencies have reconfirmed the safety of the material during this period. Tupperware also has conducted migration studies of bisphenol-A from its products using independent testing laboratories, and found the migration levels to be within acceptable levels, as specified by the Governmental regulatory agencies.

On the strength of the repeated governmental scrutiny that polycarbonate has had, Tupperware continues to believe the material is safe. However, as Tupperware has the highest regard for the safety of the consumers of its products and the functionality of these products, it will continue to closely monitor this scientific debate and research the best materials for use in its products.

So while we're thrilled to see some straightforward answers for consumers, we're still hoping Tupperware will take a cue updated research findings and look for an alternative to polycarbonate.

P.S. If you can't afford to switch out your Tupperware for safer food storage options right now, be sure NOT to take their advice on microwaving:

Q: Is it safe to microwave in Tupperware® products?

A: Yes, Tupperware® products that are intended for use in the microwave, including products made from polycarbonate, are safe for such use.

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16 Responses to Ask TSL: Does Tupperware Contain BPA?

  1. Erin October 19, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    Thanks for this. Any word on their popsicle moulds?

  2. thesoftlanding
    thesoftlanding October 19, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    Hi Erin,

    You're welcome! When I searched the Tuppeware website for info on their popsicle molds, I was taken to a page that said they are no longer available. So that will be a question to ask Tupperware, and we'd love to hear the response you receive from them!

  3. Erin October 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm #

    Thanks for this. Any word on their popsicle moulds?

  4. Alicia
    Alicia October 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    Hi Erin,

    You're welcome! When I searched the Tuppeware website for info on their popsicle molds, I was taken to a page that said they are no longer available. So that will be a question to ask Tupperware, and we'd love to hear the response you receive from them!

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  7. Mold Removal Gainesville October 12, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    Thanks for this. i also use Tupperware. I think its really nice.

  8. Mold removal contractor October 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    Tupperware are really useful. thanks.

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    I am using now. That’s really good.

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  11. Mold Testing Gainesville November 23, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Thanks for this.

  12. nycitygirl August 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    my opinion is not to use plastic food/drink containers and most certainly never heat up food in them in your microwave over to be safe. I am switching little by little to glass.

  13. Beasley October 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I have Tupperware from the 60s; are those safe also?

  14. j January 13, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Microwaves take the nutrition out of food. Microwaved water, (and let stand to room temp) was given to one plant for a week the plant died.


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