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Publication of Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/213 on Bisphenol A

Food Standards Scotland would like to make you aware that the European Commission has published Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/213 on the use of Bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food and amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011. The new Regulation will apply from 6 September 2018

The new Regulation significantly tightens the restrictions on the use of BPA in food contact materials. It lowers the regulatory limit (specific migration limit), which is the amount allowed to migrate from the plastic material into food while keeping it safe, and extends this restriction to coating materials, which are used to line food and drink cans. The new Regulation also extends the ban from 2011 on the use of BPA in baby bottles by prohibiting the use of BPA to manufacture infant 'sippy' cups as well as the migration of BPA from coated materials containing food intended for infants and children 0–3 year old.

A questions and answers page has also been provided: Questions & Answers on BPA