Is the plastic used in Keurig K-Cups safe?

by Rosemary
(Toronto)


QUESTION:

I love the convenience of using my K-Cup brewer, but have some concerns about the plastic in the K-Cups. When the hot water goes through the K-Cup during the brewing process, are any chemicals leached out into the cup of coffee?

I’m particularly concerned about BPA.


ANSWER:

Rosemary, hi

You are one of several people who have expressed concern about BPA in the plastic used in K-Cups.

The short answer is no, there is no BPA in K-Cups. No worries on that score.

To get a more complete answer, I spoke with the folks at Green Mountain Coffee and they provided me with the text of their own FAQ on this and related topics. I hope you find it useful, and reassuring.

Here is what they sent me:

First a quick review:

1) The K-Cup package is made up of three main elements -- the cup itself, a layer of filter paper and an aluminum foil top.

2) The cups themselves aren’t recyclable, yet, but they’re working on it.

3) Technically speaking, the plastic in the cups is #7 – meaning it’s a mix of plastics (as opposed to just one kind of plastic). This is what makes it a problem for recycling. It’s also what makes it bullet proof in terms of protecting and preserving the coffee inside.

4) The K-Cups are nitrogen-flushed, sealed for freshness, and impermeable to oxygen, moisture and light.


Here are some of the questions that come to the Call Center and to the Coffee Department:

Question: “I was wondering if the k pods or the water heating chamber are made of a plastic which can leach BPA (Bisphenol A)? I don’t see a recycle number on them and was curious about this.”

Answer: “We do use a variety of plastics in our Brewers and some contain BPA. However, as you may be aware, the FDA recently reviewed its safety standards associated with BPA and has, again, affirmatively stated that products containing BPA currently on the market are safe. For more information on this recent FDA pronouncement, you may want to check out the following link: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/bpa.html

(BPA is the acronym for Bispenol A – a common ingredient in many plastics used to handle food and water. It gets in the news every now and then because of fears it might be unsafe, contrary to the FDA’s findings.)



Question: “Do the packaging materials used in K-Cups have any BPA in it?”

Answer: “No – the K-Cup packaging contains no BPA.”

Question: “Does the Cold Water Reservoir in a Keurig Brewer contain any BPA?”

Answer: The Cold Water Reservoirs in Keurig brewers do not contain BPA.

Question: “Besides the Cold Water Reservoir, are there any parts in a Keurig Brewer which contact the beverage that contain BPA?”

Answer: We use a variety of plastics in our Brewers and some of the parts that contact the beverage do contain BPA. However, as you may be aware, the FDA recently reviewed its safety standards associated with BPA and has, again, affirmatively stated that products containing BPA currently on the market are safe. For more information on this recent FDA pronouncement, you may want to check out the following link: http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/bpa.html. In addition we regularly review the components used in our products to ensure that they are safe in every way, as well as meet or exceed applicable FDA standards.

Question: “We have started using your coffees in the little plastic cups for a special machine that someone ordered for our office. We compost 80% of our trash and cannot figure out what to do with the little cups after that are used? Is the plastic bio-degradable or compostable? If not, what is it - I can't recycle because it has no markings on the bottom identifying what it is. Also, if the foil lids had a small tab we could peel it off and dump the used grounds into our compostable containers. We have over 30 employees and this system seems to be not very environmentally friendly. As we are working towards zero waste, the little cups don't fit in with current trends.”

Answer: the K cups are a mix of plastic, with a foil top and are neither recyclable nor compostable (unless you took the 9-11 grams out of every k cup and put it in the compost pile). According to SPI Guidelines, the plastic would be labeled a “7” – which is a catch-all category for newer plastics and combinations of plastics.

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Mar 23, 2014
Sticking to my brand!
by: Caty

Reading comments, I'm happy that I've been using My Tassimo coffee maker, have had no stomach problems and ailments as all mentioned with using the Keurig. I've stuck to my instincts on what coffee maker I bought 3 years back and I was right! I hear BPA and I won't be going near the Keurig, don't see what's so exceptional about the machine anyways......Tassimo is what I love!

Mar 15, 2014
Upset stomach from K-Cups
by: Deborah

Glad to hear I'm not the only person. I've been searching to see if something other than coffe is inside the K-cups.

Love to know return my horrible Keurig but will they take it back? They only seem to want to replace it!!! Maybe I should "tamper" with it then return not wanting a replacement.

Mar 12, 2014
coffee makers
by: Bob

My question is that not only the Keurig uses plastic but also units like the Bunn comercial coffee units use plastic, is it the same. These are commercial units used all over the place.

Mar 04, 2014
New article in Mother Jones mag sheds light on bpa cover-up
by: Anonymous

Plastic companies seem to be going the route of "Big Tobacco". Good coverage on today's episode of www.democracynow.org

Mar 01, 2014
Kuerig K-cups
by: Layne sultana

So Kuerig is saying that no matter how many K-cups of coffee you have on a daily basis - that there is absolutely NO danger to the coffee drinker ?

Feb 25, 2014
What? K-cups are made of plastic #7?
by: Anonymous

You all need to wake up! You actually believe the FDA? HA! Do your own research!

Feb 04, 2014
Recycle the coffee
by: Dave

I do remove the aluminum top and extract the "9-11 grams out of every k cup and put it in the compost pile". It is a bit of work, but it does add up to a significant amount of coffee grinds over time.

Dec 28, 2013
You need to wake up
by: Anonymous

Your answer was false
the number 7 plastic
that the Keurig cups
are made from are
the worst plastic on
the planet. You need
to start living up
to your name and do
some detective work!

Dec 14, 2013
It baffles my mind...
by: Anonymous

It just baffles my mind that people write on here that they are experiencing stomach cramps but then either keep using their k-cups or decide to just go back to an older machine. Do you not read what other people have written about these things?

Thank you to the person who mentioned paper coffee cups. That makes sense.

And to Paul in September - I agree and shudder to think of the plastic kettle I used for years without even thinking about it. However, it is impossible to find even a metal plug in kettle without plastic inside or a plastic lid.

The best solution I have found is to buy the only one I could find with minimal plastic inside (a mini Betty Crocker) and then remove all of the internal plastic parts, for instance, I replaced plastic washers with metal washers, and just removed a plastic cap that was placed over a metal tube. I've had the kettle for almost a year now and it works fine.

If you're not a forgetful person like I am, I suppose a stove top all metal kettle would be best.

Dec 13, 2013
I also have sever stomach cramps
by: Zoomeranger

Wow....I have been using the Keurig coffee maker for over a year now. When I use the Starbuck's brand of single serve cups I would get a stomach cramp and feel off.

Finally this week after again using the machine with Starbucks and getting severe cramps I thought it might be the coffee brand alone, as other less intense brands don't bring on the same symptoms.

Reading the other blogs it is disconcerting about potential side affects from continued use.

I may go back to my old Tassimo which did not inflict the condition.

Question is? What government agency would look into this if the complaint were to be brought forward.

Good health to all readers. Drink spring water. It may be safer (I hope)

Dec 08, 2013
Yes, BPA has toxicity
by: Anonymous

That is why BPA is banned in California, if they come in contact with infants. Can it be good for adults? It can't be great!

Dec 06, 2013
FDA....ha
by: Anonymous

I believe very little of what the FDA says. I wished that wasn't so but they are in bed with money.

Nov 30, 2013
Yes Virginia those K-Cups are TOXIC
by: OcularSpy.com

First and foremost #7 plastics are about the worst on the market for leaching both BPA and other nasty toxins into your coffee (or whatever). It is also used in the large plastic 3 and 5 gallon water bottles for coolers.

Granted there is not a huge significant amount but when you combine your coffee with your dozen personal care products, the flame retardant dust from your couch, bed, bedding, carpets and other foam products, the chemicals in your household cleaning supplies, air fresheners, and countless other things that you come across daily - well it all adds up to a toxic mixture that you didn't even know you were about to consume.

Paper coffee cups are sometimes lined with wax that will melt and re-harden inside your body. Then there is the question of recycled paper which in most cases can contain BPA as well.

With some very careful preparation you can find a way to significantly reduce your exposure to these high risk areas and really work on a clean life. It may not be as convenient at first but I choose life over convenience any day.

As for checking with the actual company, are you insane? They are going to do everything possible to protect their product, they do not have to disclose anything to you. This is an UNREGULATED area and one of high concern. #7 Other (usually polycarbonate) plastic: if you must use plastic it should be replaced with 1, 5 or corn-based plastics, or even shatter-resistant glass. The evil #7 is one of the worst out there often used in 5-gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, some metal can linings. Polycarbonate can release its primary building block, Bisphenol A, another suspected hormone disruptor, into liquids and foods. In 1998, the Japanese government ordered manufacturers there to recall and destroy polycarbonate tableware meant for use by children because it contained excessive amounts of bisphenol A. If this is banned for use in Japan and even China... what the hell are we doing using it?

Be proactive on your own health and minimize your use of all plastics. And never assume it's okay to heat plastic... it is a toxic chemical and over time it will cause serious health hazards.

Nov 22, 2013
Other affects
by: Canadian

I have a healthy diet and I carefully select what I ingest. I've been at a new job for the past month. We have a Keurig machine and I've been drinking about 3 or 4 coffees brewed from the machine per week day. This has been the only change to my diet in the past month.

It seems like my sleeping patterns have been greatly affected. I have also started getting weird acne, which I never had before.

I see many comments about gastrointestinal discomfort but I'd like to know if people have experienced other affects.

Nov 05, 2013
ceo
by: Anonymous

I think its a joke if you think the k-bomb/cup is a good idea. This is just another example of society today choosing convenience and jeopardizing health and screw the environment. The biggest joke is somebody answering questions on the concerns of these K-cups by asking green mountain coffee the company that is capitalizing on them the most. Come on people you have a brain know use it.


Nov 04, 2013
ice President Flavor Technologies
by: K Buschmann

Would anyone out there know the manufacturer of the plastic brewing container used in the K-Cups?

If so please respond to the above at flavortechnologies@gmail.com

Thanks

Sep 19, 2013
Heating up plastics is a bad idea
by: Paul

They have them at my part time job.

Everyone wants convenience. It is an expensive convenience and unhealthy for the home user. Take everything in strides on what the FDA says

Its very simple - boiling hot water/ heating up of plastics of any kind IS A BAD IDEA. SAY NO

From the moment I saw these machines advertised I knew they were a bad idea, and a quick cash grab by these companies

Its expensive, and VERY ENVIRONMENTALLY UNFRIENDLY.

Its 2010's, not the 90's and early 2000's where everyone was brainwashed into buying PLASTIC KETTLES. what a horrible idea.

Its hard, but try not to buy coffee makes with plastic parts

Sep 06, 2013
Real Green
by: Anonymous

French Press baby! No waste. Great taste.

Aug 21, 2013
Estrogens in Keurig and k cups
by: Huntsville, Al girl

I just wanted to let other women know if you are experiencing high levels of estrogen in your body, the keurig will cause this. My husband and I purchased a keurig and we loved it. After about a month My breasts starting growing more! Seriously, I thought o.k maybe menopause. Well they grew two cup sizes! I went to see my Gyno and have my hormone levels checked. He asked me if I had changed my diet in any way the last few months. He told me some things that cause high estrogen levels. One was the keurig and the k- cups. It's the plastic that is used on the keurig. I thought to myself...that's crazy. Couldn't be...well I stopped using the keurig and within two weeks my breasts went back to their normal size. Very disappointed that I could not use the keurig anymore. I don't want huge breasts though!!! Just and FYI...

Aug 08, 2013
K Cup Intolerance?
by: Anonymous

I started using K Cups and Starbucks Verissimo cups in December. I did not put the two together but that's when the non-stop sinus and flu like symptoms started. I drank 1-2 cups a day.

Through the months I experienced severe dizziness, mood changes, aching, sinus infections, blurry vision and confusion.

I have been to the doctor mostly to treat the sinus. I decided to quit using plastic cups and went back to dripping my coffee. Within 2 weeks I felt so much better and every day after that even more so.

My sinus cleared along with all the other symptoms. So then the test. I tried coffee using the K cups again and today is day 4.

I am dizzy, my sinus clogged, so fatigued and feeling crappy. I am writing this as I lay on the couch after sleeping for an hour in the middle of the day.

Could this be related? I believe so. I am going to try it again, eliminating the plastics and see what happens. I do not think this is all in my head and not a coincidence!

Jul 23, 2013
Biodegradable Cup made of Baggasse on Kickstarter
by: Sam

I found this on on kickstarter... Looks like a non-plastic solution. I am more interested in the coffee that they are using looks like they are partnering with local roasters in Portland Oregon. Could mean better coffee!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/igreenpod/biodegradable-coffee-pod-from-portland-oregon

Jun 19, 2013
Plastics 3,6, 7 = Dangerous
by: Anonymous

BPA isn't the only thing to worry about.

#3 - PVC plastics - leach endocrine disruptors (just like BPA) into food. Banned in the toy industry for this reason.

#6 - leaks styrene into food when heated, a known carcinogen.

#7 - A catch all for plastics. May or may not contain BPA - who knows?

The talk of FDA approving levels of BPA is bogus. They based the recommendations on studies provided by plastics industry back in the 1980s. The serious dangers of low level endocrine disruptor exposure only became known after that. Consumer reports thinks about 20% of the FDA recommended level is safe.

http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/plastic-recycling-codes-tip

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/05/concern-over-canned-foods/index.htm

May 19, 2013
What are the ingredients in the coffee? Does anyone know?
by: Anonymous

I am skeptical about any product that doesn't list ingredients on the label. They could be putting any cheap chemical inside. This is very troublesome.

May 17, 2013
If BPA is so harmless......
by: Anonymous

Why is it banned in Canada and Europe ?

May 11, 2013
fda
by: Anonymous

Approved by the FDA means nothing to me but white collar crime. They approve things that kill us everyday. Get informed!

Apr 25, 2013
Plastic # 7 is VERY bad for you!!
by: Anonymous

Plastic #7, which is what K Cups are made of, is VERY bad for you. Here is why:

Plastic # 7 is polycarbonate, used in most plastic baby bottles, 5-gallon water bottles, “sport” water bottles, metal food can liners, clear plastic “sippy” cups and some clear plastic cutlery. New bio-based plastics may also be labeled #7. Polycarbonate can leach Bisphenol A, a chemical that mimics the action of the human hormone estrogen. It was found to stimulate prostate cancer, produce ovarian dysfunction, genetic damage, etc.

Editor's Note: Plastics marked #7 include a variety of different plastics types, some of which contain BPA, and some of which don't. In other words, not all plastics marked with the number 7 include BPA. The Keurig K-Cups are BPA-free.

You can learn more about how to identify dangerous plastics at BadPlastics.com

Mar 07, 2013
more BS rumors
by: Jonny

Love the K-Cups, been drinking them for a couple years now and I feel great! Friends voiced a conscern about this "plastic scare" so I was digging into it and so far have found 0 proof that its toxic.

Feb 20, 2013
plastic/chemical taste
by: W. Bardisa

I am returning my "replacement" B70 Keurig for a refund. Two (2) brand new machines had a chemical taste and smell when brewing a cup of water. Coffee is undrinkable due to chemical taste. Went through the de-scaling process with first machine and no improvement. Second machine, slight improvement after descaling but taste and smell still there. I can no longer trust a Keurig machine since they are leeching chemicals into the water I would be ingesting.If I didnt taste it I wouldnt know, but since I can taste and smell it, I would have to be a fool to poison myself with this water. My first B70 died after 2 years so these replacements were at a discounted price from Keurig corporate.

Feb 10, 2013
Soft pack pods
by: Anonymous

I, too, am mostly concerned about tossing more plastic waste into the environment. I discovered the organic 'paper' pods. Upon further inspection, however, discovered a thick plastic ring around the top. To me, this looks even worse than the regular plastic K-cups. I really hope to find a better alternative.

Dec 27, 2012
Keurig #6 water reservoir
by: Anonymous

I received a Keurig as a Christmas gift. After cleaning and following all the set up directions I started the machine. I immediately noticed a plastic smell as I was running the brew cycle of just plain water. After several rinse cycles I still noticed the smell in the air. I smelled the cup of water and it had a very stong plastic odor. I decided to look at the reservoir and noticed it is labeled #6. I cant believe that they make a machine with such a dangerous plastic. Needless to say, its going back!

Dec 24, 2012
Benzene
by: Anonymous

is not a PAH, as incorrectly stated above.

Dec 19, 2012
too bad
by: Anonymous

its too bad they choose the worst plastic possible for the water reservoir. Why could they spent the extra money to manufacture the reservoir from a better plastic? This speaks volumes about the likelihood of the other plastics used in the machine. The other indication is that they do not mention what plastic is in the K-cup (and it is not labelled either). BPA was not something I was interested in ingesting but is it better than any form of PS in my book. (hormone disruptor versus cancer) I guess you have to pick your poison these days. I caved and buy one yesterday probably due to their BPA free claim which might suggest they were conscious about the health of the consumer. However, I am afraid I might have to give it away after reading this blog which confirmed what I suspected all along.

Dec 12, 2012
PLASTICS
by: Anonymous

I have MCS and know that there is NO PLASTIC safe for humans. We are best to use a glass pot and make our own coffee and stay safe from cancer and other health issues. The more we purchase unsafe products the more they keep making them. No company seems to care about our health but are out to take our money. If we stop purchasing these unsafe products they than may start offering more safe and healthy options.

Dec 11, 2012
Stomach pain and bloating
by: Disappointed

I'll start by saying that I am an avid coffee drinker and DO NOT experience discomfort of any kind when drinking it. Not until today that is. Had my first cup of coffee from my new Kuerig VUE and I was not even able to finish it. The discomfort I am feeling is very similar to that I have experienced after eating oysters. Severe stomach pain that comes in waves and bloating. I found that I have an allergy to oysters and have not touched them since. After reading that others are describing very similar symptoms, I have to believe there is something within the water reservoir or internal tubing that may be to blame. Goodbye VUE.

Dec 09, 2012
By the way.......
by: C.C.

I have the Keurig Special Edition. Just purchased 3 weeks ago. The water reservoir says #6 ps made in China.

Dec 08, 2012
upset stomache from keurig
by: C.C.

I am too having horrible upset stomache and intestinal trouble. Even with plain water so I suspect the water reservoir. Thought maybe I had a plastic allergy. I will be returning this.

Dec 05, 2012
coffee makers
by: Anonymous

Dont all coffee makers have plastics in them?

Nov 08, 2012
Reference: Green America Website
by: Anonymous

#7 (Polycarbonates and Others): Although the #7 designation is a catchall for plastics that don’t fit into one of the other categories, products marked with this number are often polycarbonates, which are used in plastic baby bottles, the plastic liners of metal food cans, sport water bottles, and other items. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an endocrine disruptor that is used in making polycarbonates and can leach from them when they’re used. A recent review of studies regarding BPA’s effects (Environmental Health Perspectives, August 2005) finds that more than 80 percent of published studies assessing the effects of low-dose BPA exposure on laboratory animals found significant effects, including alterations to brain chemistry and structure, behavior, the immune system, and male and female reproductive systems.

Nov 08, 2012
Plastics in K_Cups
by: Concerned guy

Bottom line answer, if you have a K-Cup product the best way to enjoy it is to look at it and don't heat it up and use it!

K-Cups are attempt to heat stabilize styrene but is hard to do and they have to try to bond it with other plastics.

K-Cups will emit and off-gas Methyl Styrene into the hot liquid, and there is no way around it.

Best way to prove it is to use a test unit which is totally clean and with out coffee. Heat it to 220 deg f or whatever it is supposed to get to internally. Then it cools on the way out through the various little pipes. v

The list of chems from hot styrene is like what you get smoking a cigarette.

Methyl Styrene
α-Methylstyrene (AMS) is a chemical intermediate used in the manufacture of plasticizers, resins and polymers.[2] It is a co-product formed in a variation of the cumene process. The homopolymer obtained from this monomer, poly(α-methylstyrene), is unstable, being characterized by a low ceiling temperature.
[edit]


Styrene Oxide

Styrene oxide is an epoxide derived from styrene. It may be prepared by epoxidation of styrene with peroxybenzoic acid, in the Prilezhaev reaction:[1]
Styrene oxide is a main metabolite of styrene in humans or animals, resulting from oxidation by cytochrome P450. It is considered toxic, mutagenic, and possibly carcinogenic. Styrene oxide is subsequently hydrolyzed in vivo to styrene glycol by epoxide hydrolase.[2]

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Benzene is an organic chemical compound with the molecular formula C6H6. Its molecule is composed of 6 carbon atoms joined in a ring, with 1 hydrogen atom attached to each carbon atom. Because its molecules contain only carbon and hydrogen atoms, benzene is classed as a hydrocarbon.

http://businessbarbados.com/green-business/the-dangers-of-polystyrene/


Three main tips with Styrene anything.

Don't burn it and be around the black smoke
Don't heat it up and breathe the vapor off it.
Don't let food oils or hot food ingredients come into contact with it. Those react even further in the chemical compounds to toxify the food particles.

Coffe and it's product line partners have oils in them.

So.......

Advice is to enjoy the Keurig maker as a shinny thing on the counter and as for the little cups, don't heat that shit up!!!! AKA don't use the stuff at all, ever. And don't use the new competition products either. Same story. If you want toxic Styrene or even if they used a PVC type compound, you would be just as well leaning over a fire and breathing black plastic smoke!

Why did you switch to stainless 18/8 drinking containers?

Now if they came out with a device that had tiny pure metal or ceramic throw away containers that would be a different story.

Oct 26, 2012
upset stomach
by: pes78

Is anyone else having upset stomach and gastric pain and bloating from the Keurig coffe maker?
We purchased ours 6 weeks ago, in the meantime my stomach is horribly upset. I stopped drinking coffee for a week and my stomach was feeling better and then I went back to drinking a cup every morning and within a few days I am feeling bad again!

Oct 24, 2012
USA-FDA
by: Anonymous

I don't know how anyone can trust what the USA-FDA has to say or approve since they are very corrupt and have been paid off on several occasions. They will give their approval to the highest bidder. We need to care more about the health and welfare of the human race and stop the greed from clouding are judgement.

Oct 09, 2012
ALMOST EVERYTHING IS BAD FOR US
by: Anonymous

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY....alot of stuff is bad for us, the filters,styrfoamcups,filterliners,ceramic cups and the ceramic coffee maker for one cup is bad for you too oh yes and plastics, and maybe even the plastic in regular coffee makers and even the water filters the filter the water in some other types of coffee makers. who knows maybe stainless steel might even be bad for us.. gosh i just not sure about anything these days and where does the coffee come from and how is that made..etc etc.
i guess research as much as possible and do our best.good luck

Sep 19, 2012
The Verdict
by: Anonymous

I think it's obvious. If you value your health, stop using your K-cup brewer.

If you value the planet, stop using your K-cup brewer.

If you value your loved ones, help them to understand why they should stop using their K-cup brewers.

Chalk it up to the simple fact that they were a bad idea to begin with.

(And if you're still not convinced, check out Dr. Mercola's recent article on coffee, why it is imperative to drink only organic, and why it's better to use filters.)

Sep 18, 2012
#6 #7 plastics
by: Anonymous

...hello the lid of my reservoir say "#7" but the reservoir itsel where the water sits and soaks up any seeping chemicals is "#6" the plastic filter holder is not labeled nor is the "k pod" or K-pod holder that came with the unit.

Sep 17, 2012
K-cups
by: Anonymous

The statement from Keurig Social Responsibility Mgr-is that because the K-cups are a mix of plastic materials that includes Polystyrene-for this reason they cant be recycled- THe effects of heating Polystyrene are widely considered to be a carcinogen.
Just one persons opinion-that doesnt use K-cups

Sep 06, 2012
absurd idea of a non recyclable product
by: CYNTHIA TOBEYAnonymous

Everyone I know recycles for the most part. Everyone I know also has bought into this whole k- cup idea...so fast, clean, and convenient...But my first and last question was and is, "Why did the manufacturer EVER think little plastic cups, with the ongoing uproar of plastic contamination and waste, why did they think plastic cups were a great idea? Now, yes,they are trying to figure out a green approach, but the fact that manufacturers didn't firstly offer a green product is just disturbing! All about the money, I guess? Just hype the product, let marketing do their thing and then when customers start complaining, let marketing and product enhancement to their thing once again....Rather sad in my book...I'll just make my coffee the old fashion way...drip.

Sep 02, 2012
kureg resivoir
by: Anonymous

The plastic resivoir on my Kureg say's ABS #7

Jul 16, 2012
k cups
by: isusanb

We have been using the folgers k cups my husband too has been getting very sick and vomiting after drinking it and I am having gastric problems too!!I have been fearing the plastic is poisioning my family!

Jul 14, 2012
re: BPA in k-cups
by: katyq4u

What is your most reliable source? You say above that these contain no BPA and then have information below stating they do, but BPA is not harmful according to FDA.

Take what the FDA says with a grain of salt. As long as there is no specifically correlated proof that BPA causes significant harm, doesn't mean it is healthy. BPA messes with hormones. Especially in the growth and development stages. This can result in issues related to thyroid and obesity.

I'm not against using this product, but I am frustrated that they are considering a recyclable option, but appear to ignore the BPA issue. I will be the first to purchase the product if it stated BPA free and meant it.

Jul 11, 2012
Coffee causing sickness
by: Linda Moore

I was wondering if there has been a recall issued on the Keurig K cup Breakfast blend. Several times my husband has gotten very sick, to the point that he had to stop his car on the way to work and vomit. The only thing he had have was the Keurig coffee. I on the other hand am experiencing gastric upset after drinking the same blend. Wondering who I could contact about this. Thanks!
Linda Moore
Alexandria, TN

Jun 06, 2012
What are the ingredients in the coffee?
by: Anonymous

what are the ingredients in the coffee? How is the coffee itself processed?

May 25, 2012
you may be able to recycle plastic #7
by: Heather Katsoulis hlkljgk

thanks for the info.

Recycling Mystery: Plastic #7 - Earth911.com - http://earth911.com/news/2009/11/30/recycling-mystery-plastic-7/

you can put you zip code in at the top of the page to see if there is local recycling of plastic #7. i was happy to find that our town does recycle it.

May 04, 2012
Tea in k cups is the most ridiculous, stupid and selfish idea ever
by: Anonymous

You need a machine to pour hot water over your tea for you? Here's a revolutionary idea: someone should invent little perforated sacks and fill them with tea leaves so hot water can be poured over them in a cup. Oh wait, they've been invented - they're called tea bags!

But what about hot chocolate? Why doesn't someone make hot chocolate so that you can just stir the powder into hot water or milk? Oh wait, they do that too!!!


May 03, 2012
K cups - not just your health is at risk
by: Anonymous

How hard is it to use a measuring spoon and measure out 3 tablespoons of coffee? Why does anyone need a little plastic cup that makes homemade coffee so expensive you might as well go out and let someone make it for you, let alone that could be giving you cancer?

Have you not heard what's happening in the ocean? Islands of floating plastic as large as California. Why? Because we keep buying products encased in plastic.

K cups are one easy way to eliminate some of this plastic. Get over the fact that you spent money on a silly machine and go back to a natural way of making coffee. You can buy a $10 ceramic filter holder on Amazon for excellent drip coffee (no plastic involved) or use a French press or a percolator.

Apr 16, 2012
FDA standards???
by: Larissa Canina

I mean no disrespect to "Coffee Detective", however, as a consumer to other consumers, here is is an FYI about the FDA...just like many other organizations and people in general, they can be bribed and manipulated when it comes to the almighty $$$! If something has FDA approval, I question even further as they have deceived the public time and again. FDA...an organization with good intentions but too many bad apples! Choose to be informed and make your own decisions from what your "gut" tells you. Coffee Dective...thanks for trying to exceed FDA standards!

Apr 11, 2012
Cold water reservoir
by: Greg

What is the type of plastic used on the cold water reservoir for the B70 Keurig? Some people have said it is #6 (which is a plastic known to potentially leach benzene), and others have stated that the Keurigs don't use #6 plastic.
Anyone have a machine and can take a look for me? I still have mine in the unopened in the box since I can't return it once opened!
Thank you!

Apr 09, 2012
Plastics Number 6 on Bottom of Cold Water Reservoir
by: Anonymous

Question: “Does the Cold Water Reservoir in a Keurig Brewer contain any BPA?”

Above you say "no" for BPA but you don't mention that plastics number 6 may leach styrene – a possible human carcinogen.

http://www.nrdc.org/living/chemicalindex/styrene.asp

Can a Keurig Brewer Cold Water Reservoir, Plastic Number 6, leach styrene?

Apr 05, 2012
#7 is high risk for BPA
by: Anonymous

We are advised to avoid recycle codes #3,#6 and #7 ratings because they pose the highest risk of leaching BPA & toxins. The recycle code #1 which covers 2-liter bottles is also a risk, but is approved for single use only, however the leaching of BPA is known to occur in this category. User beware. When my keurig coffeemaker dies, I will be going to a non plastic coffee process. Looking at one of the glass presses as an alternative. Doesn't do much good to eat GMO free & organic if I am getting the toxins this way. Have been using the Newman's own organic k-cups, but it's a bit of a joke since it's encased in the plastic k-cup. The only thing that would change my mind is if the k-cups were made using bio-engineered plastic. Why don't they do this? (plastic from corn, but this would also have to be non-GMO/pesticide free certified corn since plastic from corn containing Bt would be just as bad.)

Apr 03, 2012
Plastic waste more and more!
by: Anonymous

this is amazing how selfish we all are, no one is worried about all this plastic waste we are producing just for the sake of our convinience.

Mar 16, 2012
#7
by: Anonymous

#7-use at your own RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Editor's Note: Keep in mind that #7 is a catch-all category, and that not all #7 plastics are toxic. Toxic plastics by number...

Mar 16, 2012
keriug and like
by: Anonymous

We do love the cup however, at this time we are all looking out for our health and the health of the enviorment, why would they even consider using and componets with BPA, Many of us will give up the convience for health, most people I know are moving away from all reg grown food, coffee ect.. The stores are filled with such unhealthy food, change is needed for us all!

Jan 06, 2012
The dumbing down of America
by: Anonymous

Please, can't you people relax? My Grandpa is in his 90's and sharp as a tack. If everything is poisonous, why do we live as long as we do? Hell, my parents are in their seventies and are perfectly healthy. I drink two Keurig cups of coffee a day and love every single one. I then smoke two cigarettes and watch TV for six hours. I am being facetious with the smokes and laziness, but I doubt most people here will get it. Also, save your rants about the planet. It is so 1991. As George Carlin said: "The planet is fine... the people are fucked! The planet isn't going anywhere... we are!"

Dec 28, 2011
Wake up
by: Concerned Joe

OF COURSE PLASTIC COFFEE MAKERS LEACH. Keurig even states that parts of their makers that come in contact with the beverage contain BPA. It doesn't matter if the FDA comes out with a report that BPA isnt as harmful as previously thought because the FDA is a famously unscrupulous agency that has a long history of cover ups and swindling of consumers. FDA COVER UP was uncovered not to long ago.. " The FDA has been embroiled in similar scandals over the years by failing to enforce federal laws because doing so would negatively affect the profits of the wealthy companies that pay the agency hundreds of millions of dollars in “fees.” The deplorable negligence was even the subject of a congressional investigation that determined the FDA !!!!!!allows companies that annually pay it more than $400 million in fees to compromise public safety."!!!!!!!

Temperatures for coffee and the plastics in the makers DO NOT mix well. The higher the heat, the more plastic breaks down. That's why plastic feels more pliable after heating. Keurig is no different... YOu surely dont think they use the highest qualtiy plastics? It's a business established for profit. The MY K-Cup filter uses cheap cheap plastic....

Dec 26, 2011
cancer causing warning
by: Anonymous

In the owners manual there is a WARNING saying the the Keurig product contains chemicals, including lead, which is known to the state of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

Is the chemicals and lead in the K-cups or in the machine itself?

Dec 19, 2011
What me, worry?
by: Anonymous

Yes, actually. Newsflash: #7 plastic isn't recyclable. And aside from the potential BPA, and as someone else pointed out, styrene, there are also phthalates to be concerned about. All of these, especially when in contact with hot liquids, can and do leach into the coffee you are drinking. These chemicals can interfere with the hormonal system, thyroid function, and may bioaccumlate in our fat stores. I don't know about you, but if I can prevent that from happening when I just want a cup of coffee--a naturally-occurring plant product and water--I probably won't use K-Cups or Keurig brewing machines or any other plastic-based brewer.

Dec 16, 2011
reusable my cup may not be the solution
by: Anonymous

What about the plastic material in the reusable filter? Is that safe to use with boiling hot liquid?

Dec 14, 2011
worrying about plastic
by: melismo2

If you lived in a place with no radon,no pollution, no acid rain, no dangerous ultraviolet light, then worrying about #6 and #7 plastic would make sense.But it's not going to be the plastic that does you in.Even the person who suggested the Melitta ceramic cone does not know for sure that there is no lead in it. And let's also remember that if you were the health freak you think you are, you would be against coffee.Life is short...be temperate...but stop worrying about each and everything being bad for your health.You are going to die no matter what and it may be from some genetic cause.Won't you feel silly that you were afraid of a coffee reservoir and a tiny plastic cup ?

Dec 12, 2011
I'd spend the extra for non plastic parts!
by: Anonymous

I'd send the extra $50-$75, for glass or stainless steel parts in these machines. I just bought my wife the Keurig Platinum over the weekend, and wasn't to happy that the water reservoir was made out of Polystyrene. I guess I just won't let the water sit in the reservoir for a prolonged amount of time. The bottom line is we're surrounded by plastics!

Dec 09, 2011
El Pablo steers clear of plastics & liquids
by: Anonymous

El Pablo (pihlenfe) will steer clear of any products that contain plastics & liquids combination! The USA-FDA does not really help here either since they are more for corporations & the 1% and less for the 99% of everyday regular folks. No Keurig or K-cups or whatever they call it for El Pablo!

Dec 05, 2011
Does it leach styrene?
by: Anonymous

Why is everyone only talking about BPA? Wouldn't the risk be styrene? If the water reservoir is recycle code #6, it's polystyrene. Styrene is a suspected carcinogen, and a suspected toxin to the gastrointestinal, kidney, and respiratory systems, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Shouldn't water that comes out of a Keurig be tested for styrene?

Dec 04, 2011
WHAT?!
by: Anonymous

Of COURSE they're going to tell you it doesn't contain BPA. Because they want to sell them to you. ANYthing with plastic emits stuff because it's PLASTIC. Buy a melitta ( sp? ) ceramic cone filter and be done with it. Your life is much more valuable than that cup o' joe. Really, I care more about you than Keurig does. Buy the ceramic filter. Your coffee tastes WAYYY better and it is wayyy cheaper. Please don't be fooled by these posts that tell you the product is safe. Err on the side of caution and throw out, or take back the Keurig.

~ A concerned fellow man

Nov 27, 2011
Recycle #6 on bottom of water reservoir
by: Anonymous

I bought a B60 from Target just because it said it was BPA free on outside of box. It is actually my 2nd one after the first one conked out in less than a year. I use filter water for everything in the house and noticed a weird metallic plastic chemical taste with the coffee to the point of being undrinkable. I went to amazon.com and qvc to see if other reviewers say same. There was and some recommended cleaning the reservoir with vinegar or baking soda. I pulled mine out and see a #6 on bottom which is known to leach harmful toxins and to top it off the World Health Org suspects #6 as a carcinogen. Thanks Keurig for making me think I am buying something healthy. With all the links to cancer and endocrine dysfunction with some plastics I am not very happy right now.

Nov 24, 2011
They're Safe
by: Dr. Sean

As a PhD chemist, I feel safe in saying that Plastic #7, while inconvenient for recycling, can be made of plastics that will not leach BPA. I have no doubt that Keurig know that their plastics do not contain materials that would leech BPA.

I decided to test the cups using GC/MS and LC/MS. I also tested the cups with proton NMR. The cups themselves contain no BPA. When I test water that is run through the coffee maker without a K cup inside, I detect extremely low levels of BPA. (We are talking parts per billion to many parts per trillion). As a chemist, I am all for banning BPA. I feel that it is unsafe. That being said, I feel safe drinking from the Keurig coffee makers after having tested their output.

Nov 03, 2011
#7, but no BPA?
by: Anonymous

The Keurig comment that the cups contain NO BPA, yet are plastic #7 is very confusing. I know that #7 is a mix of different types of plastic, so basically they're declaring that no BPA plastics are used in the composition of their plastic #7. Are we to trust them, or trust the manufacturer who tells them they don't use BPAs? Hmmm. There are lots of other coffee makers out there, and most are more environmentally-friendly to boot. Why take a chance?

Oct 04, 2011
k-cup plastic
by: Anonymous

Isn't #7 plastic the most toxic plastic?

May 14, 2011
K-Cups and BPA
by: Anonymous

You state they are made from # 7 plastic and are safe because they do not contain BPA. sorry to say this but it does not seem correct.
Read about # 7 and see if it makes any difference.
And sure the FDA states it's ok...sure they do.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely produced chemical used primarily for the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. More than 6 billion pounds of BPA are produced and used each year for this purpose. The use of this chemical is so profound that it was detected in the urine in 93% of the population over 6 years of age. The study did not include anyone under 6 years of age, so the level in their urine is unknown.

Polycarbonate plastics are typically hard and clear and are marked with the resin identification code number 7. As mentioned previously, the number 7 is considered the "other" category and includes chemicals other than bisphenol A. Nalgene water bottles were made with BPA until recently. They are being voluntarily pulled from the shelves and replaced by bottles that are BPA-free made with a relatively new plastic called Tritan copolyester. Other sources of polycarbonate are food and drink packaging, including infant bottles, toddler sipping cups, tableware, and food containers. Epoxy resins are used to line metal products such as canned foods, bottle tops, and water supply pipes.



May 08, 2011
To Editor regarding plastic #6
by: Anonymous

You're wondering how the Keurig water tank can be #6 when it doesn't seem to be made of polystyrene. Here's a direct quote from Badplastics.com;

"Another important thing to know about polystyrene is that it isn?t always used in its foamed form. Polystyrene is also used in a solid form, as a clear or colored plastic. Solid polystyrene is used, for example, in disposable cutlery, some yogurt cups and clear containers for cakes and other baked items."

Feb 05, 2011
Mr. Coffee
by: Anonymous

Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver

has no plastic chamber with # 6. Can use the mesh my k-cup instead of the plastic ones. Hoping this solves the plastic issues and BPA issues, but don't know if this model is BPA free. Here's hoping! Mr. Coffee has been around forever.

Feb 04, 2011
Plastics in Brewers
by: Anonymous

Keurig and Breville water chambers are marked with a number 6 on the bottom-which means may contain benzene. I am going to take mine back. Anyone have a chamber that is not labeled 6?

Feb 03, 2011
Plastic dangers of #6 and #7
by: Anonymous

UGHH!!! I just purchased the Keurig and tons of coffee and tea and hot cocoa. It has both #6 in the reservoir and #7 in the k-cups. #6 and #7 both have health concerns. #6 has benzene, and while #7 does not necessarily have BPA, it does have an estrogen mimicker which is linked to breast cancer. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/319161/how_safe_is_your_plastic_container.html?cat=5

Why didn't I research this first? Save your health and money.

Feb 02, 2011
Plastics
by: Anonymous

Plastic #7 is predominately polycarbonate which harbors BPA. No way around it... NONE. Even worse is plastic #3 (dubbed the toxic plastic), which is polyvinyl chloride (the name sounds yummy doesn't it?), or our old friend PVC. The sometimes corrupt and always inept USFDA has said that long term exposure to DHEA (one of several plastizers used in it's production) can lead to: reduced body weight and bone mass; damage to liver and testes and cancer. YAAAAY! And to clarify Green Mountain makes billions not millions so they will tell you whatever they want to keep you buying their convenient but wholly mediocre coffee. That said great company, great idea, I own their stock (total hypocrite :-), go capitalism!

Jan 03, 2011
to Plastic Taste
by: Anonymous

Run a water cycle brew through the brewer 1-2 times and this will get rid of the plastic taste.


I work for a brewer company.

Dec 31, 2010
Plastic Taste
by: totalpi@yahoo.com

In my new single serve Keurig coffee maker when I make a cup of anything with it it comes out with a heavy plastic taste. What is this? I can't stand it, it's disgusting!!!

Dec 16, 2010
Horses Mouth
by: Anonymous

Getting an answer about the problems associated with a company's product that produces 80% of the profit for said company is a bit like asking an only child who made the mess in their bedroom.

They know the answer, but they will make up every story they can think of, to put off cleaning up the mess.

Dec 10, 2010
To Editor regarding plastic #6 on B60
by: Anonymous

The new units of B60 in various retailed stores including B*dbathandbeyond, S*m's club, etc. are all clearly marked with the #6 recycle plastic symbol. Go check it out yourself.

Dec 08, 2010
K-cups and #7 plastic
by: Anonymous

In the above Q and A section it says that K-cups do not have BPA, but then states that they are made out of #7 plasic which is a combination of plastic. This means that it is unknown! I don't know how they can say a firm NO to that question. There could be BPA and many other chemicals in #7 plasic. In my reasurch I've learned that the most dangerous plastic is #3, #6, and #7.


Nov 29, 2010
keurig water reservoir danger
by: Anonymous

The water reservoir on the kurig doesn not have
BPA. I chose to return my Kurig since the water reservoir has plastic # 6 which is TOXIC.

Editor?s Note: I find your observation a little odd, for a couple of reasons. First, as far as I can see, the Keurig water reservoir isn?t marked with a recycling number. At least, the reservoir on my B60 isn?t. Second, recycling #6 is the designation for polystyrene, and the water reservoir certainly isn?t made from polystyrene. (You can learn more about dangerous plastics, and BPA-free coffee makers at BadPlastics.com.)


Nov 28, 2010
BPA Presence
by: Anonymous

In the official references provided above, it was stated that the "packaging" of the K-Cups contained no BPA. This doesn't mean the cups themselves were said to be BPA-free...

Nov 25, 2010
BPA
by: Anonymous

I?ve recently converted our office over to a Bodecker Brewer that uses a recyclable aluminum pod. I can state that I find the taste far superior to the K-Cups. I talked to Todd at Bodecker Brewed and he stated that due to the fact they have no concern regarding BPA in their pod they can brew at a higher temperature, which in turn produces a better cup of coffee.

Oct 22, 2010
BPA (pregnant female esp)
by: Anonymous

The BPA issue needs more attention. Many pregnant or breast feeding females may be drinking decaf for health reasons and be unaware of the other risks. People need to post on maternity forums.

See the following thread:
http://www.singleservecoffeeforums.com/bpa-t8045.html
Joe

Oct 20, 2010
BPA....Let's get to the truth
by: Anonymous

BPA is NOT safe. The companies that make the cups have a "POSITION STATEMENT" for that exact question....there are millions of dollars at stake here so OF COURSE they are going to tell you that BPA is safe.

I'm not saying that the Keurig K-cups are unsafe...but guys, lets get educated and look elsewhere for answers. We owe it to ourselves and our health.

Editor's note: More info on this topic, and answers at - BPA-free coffee makers which, for the most part, have no plastic parts.

Sep 20, 2010
My K-Cup Filter
by: Anonymous

The concern of Plastic in K-Cups is on everyones mind as is the waste thrown in the landfills. Those comments are all valid and it shows that consumers are thinking about the long term results. The My K-Cup re-usable filter answers some of these concerns, but it makes it less convenient..lets face it we bought into single cup for variety & convenience. This is where I found the best answer to both concerns...USE PODS- of the SOFT PACK variety. Pods have been around since the late 60's and offer the freshness and variety without the plastic. Its filter paper & Coffee- just open up the pods and pour the coffee into your My-K-Cup filter. THe Pods keep fresh and are half the price of the K-Cups.

Sep 07, 2010
Water in your Keurig
by: Nick (CoffeeDetective)

Dixiehearts, hi

If my Keurig has been sitting idle for a while, I just run run once it without a K-Cup...so the water in the machine comes out and is replaced by fresh. Then I brew my next coffee.

Nick

Sep 07, 2010
bateria growth.
by: dixiehearts

How do you empty the water chamber after it is pumped to the other side, how is bacteria kept from groing in the water, if I don.t use for a couple of days it seams slimmy.
What about if it is preset to turn machine off , is it worse then.

Jul 28, 2010
Cafestol and K-Cups
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know if using the k-cups filters out "Cafestol"? I had a french press and read about the dangers of this and just bought the Keurig and still see the oils. Is that this Cafestol their talking about or do all coffee from coffee makers have oil at the top of the mug after brewing?

The new Keurig I bought says it's BPA free but now I'm concerened about the cups and this "Cafestol"

Any help?

Jul 24, 2010
Now I'm confused even more.
by: Anonymous

Isn't that contradicting itself. Plastic's #7 & #3 contain BPA, so how is it, they say K-cups are BPA free and then state they are #7?

Editor's Note: Plastics marked #3 do not contain BPA. Plastics marked #7 include a variety of different plastics types, some of which contain BPA, and some of which don't. In other words, not all plastics marked with the number 7 include BPA. The Keurig K-Cups are BPA-free.

You can learn more about how to identify dangerous plastics at BadPlastics.com

Jul 16, 2010
Leeching/weird taste
by: Florenzo

BPA has been found in containers, foremost in softer and thinner plastic baby bottles (and that is the real concern). The container material leeches. at hot temperatures. These temperatures in Polycarbonate Containers and safety testing accordingly takes place with 220 degree F. Everything leeches, including your HDPE water bottles (especially), your milk bottles or 1 gallon containers, your glass containers, etc. But it does not necessarily leech all the time. Depending on the material, a product will leech at a lower temperature than in other materials, leeching at a higher temperature. So when your HDPE drinking water bottle is left in the car for a while and you come back to take a sip, you then will taste this funny bitter-weird tasting

Jun 13, 2010
Clorine taste in coffee
by: Dennis B

I don't believe that keurig doesn't know what kind of plastic the cup is made of. I think it's thermoformed PVC. We bought a cuisinart brewer for the cups, from bed bath and beyond. The coffee has a distinct strong clorine flavor as if the clorine is being leached out of the plastic cup. The coffee actually smelled like a swimming pool. The temp setting, which is user adjustable was set for 192f. Quite a high temp for PVC. The same coffee brewed in my basic, non adjustable keurig, was only 170f. This could be a possible reason why coffee tasted so bad we couldn't drink it and returned the coffee maker back to bby. The replacement deluxe keurig has same problem. That's why I did this test and think the problem is with brewing the plastic coffee cup with water too hot for PVC.
Is this possible? I Just posted this comment to keurig.

Apr 28, 2010
HEALTH CONCERNS
by: Anonymous

I understand that the paper filters are the only filters one should use with coffee because of the carcinogens . Is this true/

Apr 09, 2010
keurig and plastics
by: Anonymous

I just purchased the Keurig Coffee Maker from QVC and did not realize until I read the instructions after it arrived , that there was a warning due to chemicals/lead in the product. There should have been some mention of this instead of having people order the product and later find out that there is a risk. People go to all the trouble of ordering it and the carousel and additional k kups etc. , not to mention pay the money then to find out it can affect your health. It did not cross my mind until I saw the warning label in the instructions.
Some people may think it's nothing, but I work in a hospital and I see cancer patients all the time. It is not to be taken lightly.

Feb 19, 2010
metal insert
by: Karen

You can purchase the metal insert (found one at Kohl's for $10-15), buy regular ground coffee and fill the insert.

It kind of destroys the novelty of one-cup of coffee with no clean-up, but it is an alternative. Especially if you don't drink that much coffee.

Feb 18, 2010
#7 and "PC"
by: Sarah

Over and over in reports it states that plastics with "7" and/or "PC" are to be stayed away from.
Sadly, this means K-CUPs. 7 is really bad.
I wont be using K cups anymore. And I have a brewer at home and its all our company uses. I have consumed so many of these over the past 2 years I am sick to my stomach right now.

Editor's Note: The K-Cups themselves are not polycarbonate plastic, and do not contain BPA. We had this confirmed for us by the folks at Keurig.

Jan 27, 2010
Help
by: Anonymous

So does anyone have a suggestion for a coffe maker or, lattes and espresso machines that contain no bpa at all? I have the keurig and am now afraid to use it, are there any that are safe and effective? Please help, I need my coffee, but I dont want to be exposed

Jan 23, 2010
coffee and brother in law
by: Anonymous

you really need to check into the water that was being used in your brotherinlaws home. for possible radon and lead, i say this due to the increase of cancers linked to the water we drink
i know that fda changed what they were @1st stating on #7 plastic as dangerious, and now say it is ok to use but i do not belive what they are saying. i do think there is still a hazard in using #7 and the k cups need to change...fda lies about medicine they will lie about plastic to....
YES POEPLE BE CONCERNED ....WRITE THE MAKER OF KERIG K-CUPS AND TELL THEM TO CHANGE THE WAY THERE MADE...

Editor's Note: While you are right we should be concerned about BPA in plastics, you're not right about the K-Cups. According to a detailed reply from Keurig on this topic, there is no BPA in K-Cups. I believe them for a number of reasons, including the fact that the addition of BPA makes plastic rigid, and K-Cups are flexible. Also, according to Keurig, there is no BPA in the water tank. There are some other parts of the brewer that are made form polycarbonate plastic, which does include BPA.

Jan 20, 2010
I'd also like to add
by: Anonymous

I'd also like to add that a dog and owner cetainly share more in common than the coffee pot, they share the same environment, thus any number of environmental factors would need to be considered when determining any link.

Jan 09, 2010
Plastic leaching
by: Anonymous

True, but the K-cups are made of extremely thin plastic.

Cups don't even list the grade of plastic. Our "Newman's Own" simply says "W C150 625" on the bottom.

I have always read that the thinner the plastic, the more likely it leaches the chemicals. Plastic parts in coffee makers are thicker and seemingly more durable/less prone to leaching.



Jan 08, 2010
Melanoma
by: Anonymous

Melanoma is a skin cancer.

It was the sun that killed him, not the coffee.

And who gives their dog hot water from a coffee brewer anyway.

Sorry about your loss, but you have to be realistic about the associations you make. Most exposures to carcinogens take years to produce clinical cancer, not a few months.

Dec 14, 2009
K cup plastic and BPA
by: Anonymous

If I recall, most coffee brewers have a plastic filter cone. Might these not leach chemicals as well? I don't think the K cups killed that man and his dog. It probably was a coincidence. There are, alas, many coincidences in the world and they don't generally mean anything.

Nov 26, 2009
Soft pack pods-
by: Michael

We like the Soft pack pods for many of the reasons stated above. Pods have been around for many years in Europe & are the consumers choice for single cup coffee. In North America there hasnt been as much focus because the attempts to develop a good Pod Brewer has been slow & somewhat unsuccessful...until recently we have found the NEW SUN CAFE POD BREWER> we love this brewer for all the features and brewing system that delivers a superior cup of coffee every time.
The nice thing about PODs is that you dont have to deal with the plastic waste, it is filter paper & coffee grounds. Check out www.singleservecoffee.com & www.coffeegiant.com for info on this brewer. on youtube- Sun Cafe Pod Brewer.

Nov 14, 2009
"7" plastic is also includes polycarbonates with BPA
by: N in SoCal

Wow, this is very concerning as I really was interested in purchasing a Keurig. I will not after reading about the questionable plastic of the kcups and contact areas of brewer. Going by FDA safety is not necessarily good enough these days. They have recalled plenty of FDA approved drugs in the past.

Thank you for sharing this info.

NOTE: The FDA recently updated its position on BPA. More on the FDA's reversal about BPA here...

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