Editor’s Comment: The French National Assembly has been voting to ban BPA from 2014 on. Concerning baby nutrition products the ban will step into force in 2013. Industry says that these deadlines will not be technically feasible, since it is difficult to impossible to replace this substance from a very big scale of packaging materials. Nevertheless the French vote was unanimous. Please find details in the post below.

MEPs vote to ban BPA in food packaging

Published by abdelfattah60 | October 12, 2011 – 1 week 11 hours ago

MEPs vote to ban BPA in food packaging
A real change in doctrine is running. Despite pressure from the food lobby, the National Assembly voted Wednesday, October 12 a bill supported by the PS government banning bisphenol A (BPA) in food containers of 2014 but in 2013 for food containers products intended for children under 3 years.
This text, adopted unanimously in committee, comes after a recent report by the Agency for Food Safety (handles) finding it necessary to replace “without delay” bisphenol A, used to make many plastics, especially in food contact materials.

After the 2010 ban baby bottles containing bisphenol A, this extension to all food containers is “good”, welcomed the PS deputy and doctor GĂ©rard Bapt, the source of this bill . Judging “pleased that the public interest prevails”, he said that “this stark contrast with the government’s position in recent years.”
In late September, a report by the handles concluded that BPA, an endocrine disruptor suspected to be involved in the significant increase, and still unexplained, illnesses related to the hormonal system, as some cancers, has effects “proved suspected in animals and humans, even at low exposure levels. ” These effects relate to the reproduction, metabolism of sugars and fats, as well as the cardiovascular system.

After the publication of this report, agribusiness professionals, chemicals and packaging had increased their efforts to argue that a substitute was far from win, and they need time to conducting research and technological adaptations.
In late September, a report by the handles concluded that BPA, an endocrine disruptor suspected to be involved in the significant increase, and still unexplained, illnesses related to the hormonal system, as some cancers, has effects “proved suspected in animals and humans, even at low exposure levels. ” These effects relate to the reproduction, metabolism of sugars and fats, as well as the cardiovascular system.

After the publication of this report, agribusiness professionals, chemicals and packaging had increased their efforts to argue that a substitute was far from win, and they need time to conducting research and technological adaptations.
The National Union of manufacturers of metal cans (SNFBM) and had stated that 1 January 2014 deadline for complete withdrawal of BPA in the food sector was “simply unrealistic”. According to him, “the evaluation and validation of alternative solutions will require a period of several years,” essential “to ensure consumer safety.”

Bisphenol A is present in the plastic mass consumed in France for 50 years and its global market is estimated at 3.8 million tons produced a year. A mixture of phenol and acetone, he entered including the composition of heavy duty plastic polycarbonate, used in the manufacture of cylinders and reusable water bottles.

They are also found in epoxy resins or varnish, lining the inside of metal cans, beverage cans, the lids of jars or bottle caps. According to the handles, we still find in France of BPA in toys and childcare articles, and even in supermarket receipts and possibly medical equipment.

Source: http://expertscolumn.com/content/meps-vote-ban-bpa-food-packaging

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