Committee recommends BPA ban in packaging

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The Plant Animal Food and Feed (PAFF) standing committee, comprised of national experts representing EU governments and public authorities, has reviewed and approved the European Commission’s draft regulation restricting BPA and other bisphenols used in food and beverage metal packaging.

In a  move to safeguard consumer health, the committee representing EU member states voted to enact a ban on specific BPAS within food contact materials. The decision was driven by worries over health risks related to the chemicals. 

Bisphenols such as BPA are commonly used in the production of polymers, resins, and coatings for various packaging materials including cans. The chemicals are widespread across the industry but scientific studies have increasingly linked these chemicals to serious health issues. 

The European Commission (EC)  laid the groundwork for this regulatory action earlier in the year, presenting a draft regulation aimed at imposing stringent restrictions on the use of BPA and related bisphenols in FCMs. This proposed ban, now supported by the expert committee of EU member states, seeks to effectively prohibit the manufacturing and market access of FCMs containing these hazardous substances.

With the PAFF approval, the draft legislation will now go to the EU Parliament and EU Council for ratification, which is expected to take place in Q4 of this year. 

If agreed, the regulation is expected to come into full effect in 18 months for internal coatings and 36 months for external coatings. This will mean that by Q4 2027 all BPA should be eliminated from all materials including imported goods.

The proposal came about after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a report in April 2023 recommending that the tolerable daily intake (TDI) of BPA be significantly reduced. France banned BPA in 2015, so this step to ban BPA and some other bisphenols across the EU is just one more step in the overall progression to address materials of concern in food and beverage packaging.


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