In an article published on November 18, 2020, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported that India’s Ministry of Health and Welfare is planning to complete a survey of food contact materials (FCMs) available on the market to better understand the levels of bisphenol A (BPA; CAS 80-05-07) present in them. The goal is s to use this information to assess human health risks and develop a corresponding regulatory framework including (i) new standards related to maximum allowed levels in and leaching limits from FCMs, as well as defining (ii) a tolerable daily intake (TDI) limit similar to the one set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The products will be tested in centralized government laboratories. India’s Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) is reported to have analyzed a range of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles last year and found heavy metals and BPA levels did not exceed the limit of detection (0.001 mg/kg).

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Ajoy Das (November 18, 2020). “India to test consumer products and FCMs for BPA presence.” Chemical Watch