ConsumerMail 16 EU Strengthens BPA restrictions in food contact materials and articles

ConsumerMail 16 EU Strengthens BPA restrictions in food contact materials and articles

Posted 19 March 2018
On February 2018, the European Commission published regulation (EU) 2018/213 on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food and amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as regards the use of that substance in plastic food contact materials.
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When does the new EU 2018/213 BPA requirement take effect?

The new EU BPA requirement restricting food contact marerials and articles will be applicable from September 6, 2018.

Major changes as below:

  • Specific migration limit for BPA in plastic food contact materials and articles is lowered from 0.6 mg/kg to 0.05 mg/kg.
  • Specific migration limit for BPA in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food is 0.05 mg/kg.
  • No migration of BPA shall be permitted from varnishes or coatings applied to materials and articles specifically intended to come into contact with infant formula, follow-on formula, processed cereal-based food, baby food, food for special medical purposes developed to satisfy the nutritional requirements of infants and young children or milk-based drinks and similar products specifically intended for young children, as referred to in Regulation (EU) No 609/2013.
EU regulation 2018/213 on bisphenal A (BPA) in varnishes and coatings on food contact materials

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