The World Is Watching: More Stringent BPA Requirements in Place
Worldwide control of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in consumer products has become more and more stringent in view of the reproductive toxicity of the chemical. In the past, BPA ban mainly concerned baby and child-use articles. In recent years, the restriction scope has expanded to all food contact articles and a large number of consumer products including electrical appliances.
BPA as a Prop 65 Chemical
On 11th May 2015, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) relisted BPA onto the Prop 65 list of chemicals. Businesses have to comply with the ‘clear and reasonable warning’ requirements concerning exposure of consumers to BPA in products by 11th May 2016. This is a significant step by the US market on the road of BPA control in consumer products, including electrical and electronic products.
Worldwide BPA Control
The other parts of the world are also implementing BPA restriction. Table 1 summarizes the major requirements.
|Country / region||requirement|
|California, USA||BPA is listed onto Prop 65 list of chemical, with a ‘clear and reasonable warning’ requirement.|
|China||BPA is not allowed in food containers for infants|
||Specific migration of BPA limit: |
|BPA is prohibited in production of PC baby feeding bottles|
|France||BPA is prohibited in all food contact materials|
|Belgium / Denmark||BPA is prohibited in food contact materials and articles for children up to the age of 3|
|Sweden||BPA is prohibited in paints and coatings in food packaging intended for children up to the age of 3|
|Canada||PC baby feeding bottles are listed as dangerous product and their use is forbidden|
|Maine / Minnesota, USA||BPA is prohibited in food contact articles for children up to the age of 3|
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