January 6, 2015
Author: Birgit Geueke

France bans BPA

Second phase of the BPA ban includes all packaging, containers and utensils coming into contact with food

On January 1, 2015 the second phase of France’s ban on bisphenol A (BPA) became effective. This law prohibits the use of BPA in all packaging, containers and utensils intended to come into direct contact with food. During the first phase, effective from January 1, 2013 BPA was banned in food contact materials (FCMs) intended for use by children up to three years of age. The French law is not harmonized with the European legislation on FCMs. Under the European Plastics Regulation (EU) No 10/2011, BPA is authorized to be used as a monomer for the production of plastic with a specific migration limit of 0.6 mg/kg food. Under European legislation, it has been prohibited for use in polycarbonate baby bottles since 2011. A new scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the risks to public health from BPA in foodstuffs will be published by the end of January 2015 (previously reported on by the FPF).

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Légifrance (accessed online: January 5, 2015). “LOI n° 2010-729 du 30 juin 2010 tendant à suspendre la commercialisation de tout conditionnement comportant du bisphénol A et destiné à recevoir des produits alimentaires.“