EU Issues New Proposals for BPA in Food Contact Materials and Articles

Top Quote The EU has issued new draft proposals for the use of BPA in food contact materials and articles. The proposals amend current draft legislation and could become effective in late 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 20, 2017 - The European Union (EU) has announced its intention to amend its draft legislation concerning the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact plastics and food contact varnishes and coatings. The amendment, attached to World Trade Organisation (WTO) document number 17-4734, will alter the draft legislation previously notified in document number 16-1443 of March 14, 2016.

    The main changes are:
    • Strengthening the migration limit for BPA from 0.6 mg/kg to 0.05 mg/kg under Regulation (EU) 10/2011, the so-called ‘Food Contact Plastics Regulation’
    • Expanding the proposed migration limit of 0.05 mg/kg for BPA to food contact varnished or coated materials and articles
    • Requiring a Declaration of Conformity (DoC) for food contact varnished or coated materials and articles
    • Prohibiting BPA migration in food contact plastics and food contact varnished or coated materials and articles intended for infants and young children for food categories falling under Regulation (EU) 609/2013.
    These categories of food are:
    o Food for special medical purposes
    o Infant formula and follow-on formula
    o Processed cereal-based food and baby food
    o Total diet replacement for weight control

    The amendment has not altered the prohibition on the use of BPA in polycarbonate infant feeding bottles.

    Stakeholders should be aware that the latest proposal does include the provision for food contact plastics and food contact varnished or coated materials and articles to remain on the market after the effect date, until stocks are exhausted. If approved, the effective date could be late 2018 and manufacturers and suppliers are now advised to check compliance against the latest requirements for food contact materials and articles in Europe.

    To read our article, Complexity in Food Contact Material Regulations: A European Perspective. []

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