In an article published on September 13, 2018, by regulatory news provider Chemical Watch, editor Sunny Lee reported that the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) announced plans to ban bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7), dibutyl phthalate (DBP, CAS 84-74-2), and benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP, CAS 85-68-7) in food contact materials (FCMs) intended for infants and young children. The ban would cover “feeding products for babies including utensils, containers and packaging,” Lee explained.

The MFDS foresees to implement the ban from January 2020 and accepts written comments until October 30, 2018. “The ban will apply to substances and articles that are manufactured, processed, sold or imported from January 2020 onwards,” Lee further noted. On September 4, 2018, South Korea notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the intended ban.

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Sunny Lee (September 13, 2018). “South Korea to ban BPA in infant and toddler FCMs.Chemical Watch