PlasticsEurope warns about BPA bans

Published: November 20, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging Sustainability Public Policy Materials Suppliers
Companies & Associations

BRUSSELS (Nov. 20, 11:45 a.m. ET) — Legislation in France, Belgium and Sweden to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact packaging could have counterproductive effects, according to PlasticsEurope.

In a position statement, the Brussels-based organization which represents European polymer producers said: “The BPA value chain is deeply concerned about unilateral national bans on BPA and urges EU authorities to ensure that member states respect existing EU rules and processes on food contact materials.”

In October, the French senate voted to adopt a law that bans the use of BPA in food contact packaging that would take effect Jan. 1, 2015. Earlier this year, Sweden and Belgium approved legislation to ban BPA in food packaging marketed to children under 3 years old.

PlasticsEurope warned there could be detrimental outcomes by seeking alternatives to BPA, which has received confirmation of its safe use in food contact packaging from safety authorities around the world.

It said: “Certain claims regarding the availability of appropriate alternative materials for use in all food contact applications are non-substantiated: For the vast majority of products there are currently no adequate alternative substances or materials available, which are sufficiently tested, shelf-life-proven, and matching BPA’s performance characteristics. Therefore, if increased consumer safety is the goal of the initiatives, industry warns that these measures are counterproductive and may result in the opposite.”

Unilateral decisions in EU member countries “will result in unworkable situations for all market operators and will significantly disturb the European single market”, said PlasticsEurope.

The European Food Safety Authority is currently re-evaluating all available data and studies on dietary exposure to BPA, with a special focus on low dose exposure. PlasticsEurope said EU countries should put their bans on hold until EFSA issues its report, which is expected in May.


Comments

PlasticsEurope warns about BPA bans

Published: November 20, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Bemis Co. reports sales growth

April 24, 2015 9:57 am ET

Bemis Co. Inc., in what the company is describing as a strong quarter, saw consistent earnings from continuing operations.    More

Image

KHS cuts packaging with direct printing on PET bottles, adhesive multi-packs

April 23, 2015 1:39 pm ET

KHS GmbH has been pouring a lot of time into solving issues related to direct printing on PET bottles, and after eight years of work, everyone...    More

Image

MeadWestvaco joins the Recycling Partnership

April 23, 2015 11:19 am ET

MeadWestvaco Corp., a global packaging company with some operations in plastics, is joining the Recycling Partnership.    More

Image

Sidel, BMS reach agreement on spindle patent case

April 20, 2015 1:24 pm ET

Sidel Group and Blow Mold Services LLC have reached an agreement in Sidel's patent infringement lawsuit against BMS involving the spindle chain on a...    More

Image

Adidas phasing out plastic bag use

April 20, 2015 11:50 am ET

Sporting goods company Adidas AG is phasing out the use of plastic bags in its own retail stores as part of a larger effort raise awareness about ocea...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events