France to extend BPA Prohibition on All Food Contact Items
Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is a carbon-based synthetic compound that is colorless and is soluble in organic solvents but poorly soluble in water. It is used in the production of plastic-related products, such as water bottles, as well as epoxy resins, such as coatings on the inside of many food and beverage cans plus paper products such as carbon-less copy paper and thermal paper.
However, after lengthy scientific studies, it is found that this chemical, when high levels are consumed, can lead to negative health effects, both physical and neurological, in a human body, especially to infants.
The usage of Bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic feeding bottles for infants under the age of 12 months has been banned for a few years since 2011 under the Regulation (EU) No 321/2011. France, among other EU Member States, has national laws to further expand the scope of prohibition.
On 24 Dec 2012, France has published the Act 2012-1442 to prohibit the use of BPA in various food contact materials and articles which is to be implemented in two phases. The first phase of the prohibition applies to food contact items for children up to 3 years of age and follow-on formula since 1 Jan 2013. By approving the new measures, France becomes the first member state in the European Union to prohibit BPA in all food contact materials and articles.
Moreover, the scope of the prohibition will soon be extended on 1 Jan 2015 to cover all other food contact materials and articles mentioned above.
Table 1: Summary of Act 2012-1442 of December 2012 on the restriction of BPA
|Food Contact materials and articles for children up to 3 years old (Article 2, Directive 2006/141/EC) and follow-on formulas (Directive 1999/21-EC)||Prohibited||1 Jan 2013|
|Food Contact materials and articles other than above||1 Jan 2015|
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