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EU Strengthens Bisphenol A Restriction in Food Contact Materials and Articles
Vol. 1014 | February 27, 2018
On 14 February 2018, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2018/213 in the Official Journal of European Union to strengthen the restriction on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic food contact materials under Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 and restrict the use of BPA as varnishes and coatings applied to food contact materials.
The restrictions shall apply from 6 September 2018. The affected products that were lawfully placed on the market before the date may remain on the market until stock exhaustion.
The BPA restrictions are highlighted as below:
Plastic food contact materials and articles
Specific migration limit of BPA is lowered from ≤0.6 mg/kg to ≤0.05 mg/kg
BPA prohibition is extended from polycarbonate (PC) infant feeding bottles to PC drinking cups or bottles, which due to their spill proof characteristics, are intended for infants and young children
Varnishes and coatings applied to food contact materials and articles
Specific migration limit of BPA is ≤0.05 mg/kg; however
No migration shall be permitted from varnishes or coatings applied to food contact materials and articles specifically for:
processed cereal-based food,
food for special medical purposes developed to satisfy the nutritional requirements of infants and young children,
milk-based drinks and similar products specifically intended for young children
Declaration of compliance (DoC) shall be available at all stages of manufacture, processing and distribution other than the retail stage. Upon request of a national competent authority, appropriate supporting documentation to demonstrate compliance with the written declaration shall be provided