Ann Reardon

Debunking BPA, Tanghulu, Fried chopsticks

In this episode we are looking at the dangers of making tanghulu in the microwave. Is BPA dangerous? How much BPA is safe? And why you shouldn’t eat fried toothpicks? What about packing peanuts? Are they safe to eat?

If you want to do more reading of your own, here’s the reference list for the BPA part of the video:
Adeyi, A.A. and Babalola, B.A. (2019). Bisphenol-A (BPA) in Foods commonly consumed in Southwest Nigeria and its Human Health Risk. Scientific Reports, [online] 9(1), pp.1–13. doi:

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (2010). FSANZ Activities in Relation to Bisphenol A. [online] Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Available at: [Accessed 10 Mar. 2024].

Friedman, L. (2024). The Plastic Chemicals Hiding in Your Food. [online] Consumer Reports. Available at:

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (2022). Draft Opinion on Bisphenol A: The BfR Comments on the Reassessment by the European Food Safety Authority. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 May 2024].

Henderson, B. (2024). High Levels of Toxic Plasticizers Phthalates, Bisphenols Found in Nearly All Foods in U.S. | Food Safety. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 May 2024].

Lambré, C., Barat Baviera, J.M., Bolognesi, C., Chesson, A., Cocconcelli, P.S., Crebelli, R., Gott, D.M., Grob, K., Lampi, E., Mengelers, M., Mortensen, A., Rivière, G., Silano (until December †), V., Steffensen, I., Tlustos, C., Vernis, L., Zorn, H., Batke, M., Bignami, M. and Corsini, E. (2023). Re‐evaluation of the risks to public health related to the presence of bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs. EFSA Journal, 21(4). doi:

Marabito, M. (2022). FDA agrees to reevaluate safe levels of BPA in food packaging. [online] Available at:

Noonan, G.O., Ackerman, L.K. and Begley, T.H. (2011). Concentration of Bisphenol A in Highly Consumed Canned Foods on the U.S. Market. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59(13), pp.7178–7185. doi:

Schecter, A., Malik, N., Haffner, D., Smith, S., Harris, T.R., Paepke, O. and Birnbaum, L. (2010). Bisphenol A (BPA) in U.S. Food. Environmental Science & Technology, 44(24), pp.9425–9430. doi:

Sharafi, K., Kiani, A., Tooraj Massahi, Hamed Biglari, Gholamreza Ebrahimzadeh, Jalil Jaafari, Fattahi, N. and Abdullah Khalid Omer (2023). Bisphenol a (BPA) emitted from food cans: an evaluation of the effects of dry heating, boiling, storage period, and food type on migration and its potential impact on human health. International journal of environmental analytical chemistry, pp.1–14. doi: (n.d.). Bisphenol A (BPA) | Food Standards Australia New Zealand. [online] Available at:

Zhang, N., Scarsella, J.B. and Hartman, T.G. (2020). Identification and Quantitation Studies of Migrants from BPA Alternative Food-Contact Metal Can Coatings. Polymers, 12(12), p.2846. doi:

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