European Commission seeks ban on BPA in food packaging

European Commission seeks ban on BPA in food packaging

Business

The European Commission has proposed a ban on Bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials, inviting citizens, businesses, NGOs, and other concerned parties to provide feedback on the Regulation. This ban encompasses plastic and coated packaging, as well as other products like food processing equipment.

The proposal stems from a scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which highlighted health concerns linked to current BPA exposure levels, particularly affecting the immune system across all age groups of consumers.

Given the potential migration of chemicals like BPA into food and beverages from packaging and reusable containers, the Commission is advocating for a comprehensive prohibition on its use in food contact materials.

This initiative builds upon a previous ban instituted six years ago, which prohibited BPA in drinking bottles and containers for infants and children, as well as its usage in various consumer products such as thermal paper receipts.

The proposed ban targets food and beverage cans, kitchenware, tableware, and other food contact items utilised in professional food production settings.

Once endorsed by Member States and ratified by the Commission, specific transitional periods will be established post-ban implementation, allowing the industry sufficient time to adjust.

The duration of these transitional periods will vary based on the product. Following the feedback process, discussions and voting by Member States will ensue.

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