EU moves forward in banning Bisphenol A in food contact materials

In a significant move to prioritize consumer safety, the EU Member States have endorsed a proposal from the Commission to ban the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials, including packaging and kitchenware. This decision comes after a thorough scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), released last year, which found that current levels of BPA exposure pose "potential harmful effects on the immune system."

BPA, a chemical substance used in various plastic and metal products since the 1960s, has come under increased scrutiny in recent years due to concerns over its potential health impacts.    

The ban, which was proposed following a public consultation and in-depth discussions with all Member States, will set to be formally adopted following a scrutiny period by the European Parliament and the Council, entering into force at the end of 2024.    

It will apply to a wide range of products, including the coating used on metal cans, reusable plastic drink bottles, water distribution coolers, and other kitchenware.    

The ban will be implemented with a phase-out period, allowing industry to adjust and develop alternative materials that do not pose a risk to consumers. Limited exceptions may be granted where safe alternatives are not yet available, in order to avoid disruptions to the food supply chain.    

This move follows similar actions taken by several member states, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Sweden, which have already introduced restrictions on BPA-containing products.    

The EU's coordinated approach aims to create a harmonized standard across the territory, further strengthening consumer confidence.      



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