Plastics industry concerned over French BPA ban proposal

10 October 2012 14:57  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Trade group PlasticsEurope on Wednesday expressed concern over the French Senate proposal to restrict bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging and medical devices.

It said the proposal, which was adopted on Tuesday, offers no safety benefit for consumers and disregards existing European law and risk assessment, while disturbing the internal market.

“The French Senate´s adoption, on 9 October 2012, of a law proposal to impose a use restriction on all BPA-based food contact packaging in France from July 2015 is not supported by the current weight of scientific evidence,” PlasticsEurope said, representing the members of Polycarbonate/Bisphenol A group (PC/BPA-group) and Epoxy Resins Committee (ERC).

“It is in conflict with European Union (EU) food contact regulation and the opinions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), and threatens to create a significant distortion of the internal market for food contact goods in the EU,” it added.

PlasticsEurope also said that the proposed provision to label food packaging containing BPA with a health warning against its use by pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children below three would add little to consumer choice, and would in fact discredit “the suitability of a product that is safe for use and fulfils all legal and regulatory requirements”.

“Products on the European market are tested and approved for their uses; if compliant with existing legislation, there is no need for a label,” it said.

The text adopted by the French Senate was different from that adopted by the National Assembly, and there will now have to be agreement on a common text, PlasticsEurope said.

By: Franco Capaldo
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