According to an article published on January 17, 2014 by the industry news agent Plastics Today, members of the French National Assembly proposed a law that would ban oxo-biodegradable plastics, arguing that micro-particle of oxo-degradable plastic may contaminate food and the environment. The proposal was promptly responded to by the oxo-biodegradable plastics association, which argued that oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade under heat and solar radiation, but rather will be consumed by bacteria and fungi after prior oxidative cleavage. The industry association further opposes the application of the precautionary principle and claims that the proposed bill is part of an effort to make bio-based plastics more competitive on the French market.
Karen Laird (January 17, 2014). “Green Matter: Infuriating OPA, French MPs propose ban on oxo-biodegradable bags.” Plastics Today.