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EU Releases New Regulations For Bisphenol A Control

On February 14, 2018, the European Union issued new Regulations (EU) 2018/213, which stipulated the requirements for bisphenol A in food contact varnish and coatings, and revised the limits of bisphenol A in (EU) No 10/2011. And introduce the requirements of the declaration of conformity. The new rules apply directly to all EU member states and will begin implementation on September 6, 2018. Prior to this, legally marketed varnish-coated or coated materials and plastic materials and articles could still be sold on the market until inventory runs out.

The main contents of this new regulation are: First, the migration amount of bisphenol A in food contact varnish or paint shall not exceed 0.05 mg/kg, and bisphenol A migration shall not be detected in the food contact varnish or paint used by infants and young children. Second, the operator should ensure that the varnish and coating materials and articles must be accompanied by a written declaration of conformity. This statement applies to all stages of production, processing and distribution except for the retail stage. The content of the declaration of conformity should include the formulation of a declaration of conformity. The name and address of the operator, the name and address of the operator who manufactured or imported the coating material or article, etc. Third, amending Plastics Regulation (EU) No 10/2011, the migration limit of bisphenol A in food-contact plastics was reduced from 0.6 mg/kg to 0.05 mg/kg, and it must not be used to manufacture polycarbonate baby bottles for infants and infants. Carbonate drinking cup or bottle.

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is used in the industry to synthesize materials such as polycarbonate and epoxy resins, and is used in food contact consumer products such as cups, water bottles, and baby bottles. After exposure to heat, bisphenol A is likely to migrate from containers or packaging materials into foods or beverages. Bisphenol A is an estrogen-like substance that may have serious effects on the human endocrine system and can cause cardiovascular, intestinal and reproductive system lesions. Long-term use of products containing bisphenol A may affect children, infants and young children. Growth and development cause serious damage.

The EU is the main export market for food contact products in China. To effectively respond to new EU regulations and consolidate the traditional advantages of exporting related products to the European Union, exporters should pay close attention to the EU's new regulations on food contact materials in order to avoid the presence of bisphenol in food packaging materials. Problems such as excessive quantities of hazardous substances such as A have brought problems such as export return or foreign notification.

The inspection and quarantine department reminds relevant food exporting enterprises to increase their awareness of risks, strengthen research and follow-up on EU regulations, and remain highly sensitive to EU regulatory projects and limits. Special attention should be paid to the requirements of the declaration of conformity, and to strengthen the cooperation with EU customers. Communicate with each other, verify products and materials as soon as possible, and respond well in advance to ensure product compliance. Use raw and auxiliary materials that meet the latest requirements, improve the quality process management system, strictly control the source of raw materials, control of key processes, and internal control of the company's internal management, start from the source, and strengthen the dynamic supervision of raw material procurement and key processes. Strict implementation of pre-export testing, commissioned an authoritative organization to carry out quality checks, in particular, to strengthen the detection of high-risk substances such as bisphenol A intensity, to avoid meeting the import country requirements and encounter returns.

Article link: China Plastic Online