17 June 2024
by Sarah Morgan

EU bans Bisphenol A in food packaging

The EU is to ban Bisphenol A (BPA) in food-contact materials (FCM) from the end of 2024. 

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After a phase-out period, the chemical will no longer be allowed to be used in FCM in the EU.

The decision is based on a scientific assessment from the European Food Safety Authority, which concludes that BPA has ‘potential harmful effects on the immune system’.

This ban will apply mainly to the use of BPA in packaging, such as the coating used on metal cans.

The use of BPA in consumer articles such as reusable plastic drink bottles, water distribution coolers, or other kitchenware will also be banned.

It follows a ban to BPA in babies’ drinking bottles.

The ban will be formally adopted following a scrutiny period by the European Parliament and the Council, with the aim of entering it into force at the end of 2024.

Limited exceptions where no available safe alternatives exist and transition periods will apply where they do not pose a consumer risk.