BPA-free or BPA in Ikea Products

I received a question from Leslie wondering if Ikea plastics contained BPA.  Her concern was the children’s tableware line that I think every family I know owns!  The popular line ‘Kalas’ that includes the colorful tumblers (cups), plates, bowls and cutlery are perfect for kids and is the only tableware plastic my kids are now using.  Everything else has been recycled or thrown out.  When I purged my cartoon character plates and glasses, I found they were all coded number 7, while these from IKEA were coded 5.  They are also inexpensive, easy for kids to use, and dishwasher safe.  Well a few weeks ago I emailed IKEA and asked them to confirm their children’s tableware was BPA-free.  Here was their response but according to other sites; it just might depend on when and where you purchased them from IKEA:

Thank you for your interest in our products. The IKEA product range is subjected to comprehensive tests and complies with the strictest applicable laws and safety standards, and we have detailed regulations on the use of chemicals and other substances in the manufacturing process. If one country tightens its rules, we introduce these new regulations on all IKEA markets, whenever possible.

IKEA is in control of the product development process and through our trading areas we work closely together with our suppliers in place, which is an advantage when it comes to securing product quality. Please be aware that the bisphenol A (BPA) is not allowed in any plastic IKEA product.

A product risk assessment is made during the development of the product. Tests and follow-ups are done both before we start the production and then on continuous basis. We test our products according to our own requirements and applicable international standards/legislation at accredited internal and external test laboratories.

At IKEA, we test our products regularly and we put demands on our suppliers to have verification test reports and certificates available within 24 hours.
The number of tests will vary by product and will depend on the initial risk assessment of that product.

If you have any further concerns about our products, please do not hesitate to contact us.

According to the Z-recs most (I repeat…most) of IKEA’s products are BPA-free…here are their findings.  Please note that any of the products listed with BPA from IKEA, I could only find on the American site (www.Ikea.com).  So I included 2 pictures of the 2 lines that have been sited by Z-recommends as having BPA.  If these items look familiar you need to contact your local IKEA and ask them if they have a recall list for their products.  The Canadian site (www.Ikea.ca) appears to be correct in their statement about their tableware currently not containing BPA.  I say currently because I used that blue spoon in the below picture this morning to give one of my kid’s breakfast.

BPA-Free Products
Cups: Kalas Tumblers, Grossby Tumblers
Utensils: Kalas 18 Piece Cutlery Set, utensils in: Mata set, Mumsa sets, Hungrig set
Tableware: Mata Dinnerware Set, Mumsa 5-Piece Set, Grossby
Mata Bib, Barnslig Djur Bib, Kladd Bib

Products Containing BPA!!
Cups: Hungrig cup (part of 6-Piece Set)
Utensils: (check for imprinting on items not listed here as BPA-free)
Tableware: Hungrig 6 Piece Set (plate, bowl, and cup), Mumsa 3-Piece Dinnerware Set (sippy bottle is polycarbonate)

                         

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7 Responses to BPA-free or BPA in Ikea Products

  1. Stream February 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Thanks for this information! Do you know about IKEA tupperware and whether it contains BPA?

  2. Dinnerware June 5, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    Hi,

    All plastic kitchenware and tableware items we have seen are labeled with their recycling code, and some polycarbonate items are labeled as “PC” as well.

    Thanks,
    Natalie

  3. Andrea >> Become a Consultant July 10, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    How about the popsicle molds? I’ve got a friend headed to the Vancouver, BC store today and she’s going to look at the number on the back.

  4. Adriana August 9, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    Thanks for your info. A few months back I threw out all of my plastic cups, bowls and plates, including the ones I had from Ikea. My oldest kid is a teen so I had these for a while. I was so concerned about BPA I didnt want to risk it. The other set I had which was not from Ikea didn’t have a recycling code which concerned me even more. I now only use porcelain, ceramic and glass. It’s less convenient, but I feel safer. Do you have information about plastic containers to store food (Tupperware, etc) including disposable ones from the Glad brand? I avoid using these to reheat food, but what about when you use them to freeze food? It’s hard to avoid the microwave to defrost the food.

  5. Catherine December 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    Interesting. I was at Ikea two days ago in Toronto, and the lady working in the Children’s section refused to confirm that the dishes were BPA free, since it didn’t say that on the package. I had read otherwise, but I didn’t buy the dishes just in case! Too bad.

  6. Laura January 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I am so late to your thread, but FYI the new Kalas are stated to be BPA free by IKEA. All pieces. I just ordered a set of the new. Cheers -

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