New BPA limit proposed for Europe’s Plastics Regulation

The European Commission has submitted the draft of a regulation setting a new official limit for migration of bisphenol A (BPA) from food packaging to trade partners.

The draft law would form an amendment to the existing Regulation 10/2011 on plastic food contact materials. The proposal is to establish a new specific migration limit (SML) at ‘0,05 mg of BPA per kg of food (mg/kg).’ This represents a significant lowering compared to the threshold for BPA 0.6mg/kg currently listed in the legislation.

The new law has now been passed for comment by other countries via the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade (WTO-TBT) programme. Comments on the revising regulation can be made to the WTO-TBT until 13 May 2016.

After this time the law is slated for publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The new SML will become effective six months after this happens.

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