April 24, 2008, St. Louis, MO - Chemir Analytical Services tests bottles, containers and other plastic products for potential leaching of bisphenol A (BPA). BPA, the organic compound (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2, is a monomer present in most polycarbonate materials and is a known endocrine disrupter. The current controversy centers on whether BPA leaching from containers causes harmful contamination in beverages or food products.
Chemir Analytical Services utilizes analytical instrumentation such as GC/MS, LC/MSn, and HPLC/UV to accurately characterize, identify, and quantify extractables and leachables. "The chance that BPA could leach into a consumable product depends on many factors, including the food product itself, as well as the container's age, condition and how it was manufactured" says Kevin Trankler, Ph.D., Director of Technical Services of Chemir Analytical Services. "These complex investigations require testing the product under varying conditions designed to stress the material in an effort to simulate wear conditions." Chemir also specializes in deformulation (reverse engineering) of plastics and polymers, offering complete product breakdown of components, including the detection and quantitation of bisphenol A (BPA).
About Chemir Analytical Services
Chemir Analytical Services solves challenging manufacturing and industrial problems involving chemical analysis and material testing. Since 1959 this independent laboratory has solved thousands of issues involving material analysis, contaminant and impurity identification, deformulation (reverse engineering), formulation, product failure analysis, stability testing, analytical method development, patent, intellectual property, and other legal challenges for over 6000 clients. Many of Chemir's clients are Fortune 500 companies. The scientific staff of 35, including 10 Ph.D. level chemists, uses state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and expert interpretations to assist such industries as polymers, plastics, packaging, paints and coatings, food and beverage, personal care, consumer products, specialty chemicals, semiconductor and high-tech materials and more. For more information, visit www.chemir.com.
David W. Riggs, PE
President Chemir Analytical Services
2672 Metro Blvd.
Maryland Heights MO 63043