NEWS: MEPs reject ban on BPA in food packaging
Published 11 Jan 2018
Today (11th January 2018) the European Parliament’s environment committee rejected a motion calling for a ban on the endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in food packaging.
The motion calling for a ban was defeated by 42 votes to 17. Instead, MEPs decided to support the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the migration limit (the maximum amount of a chemical that can transfer from packing into food) for BPA in plastic packaging.
Bisphenol A has been listed as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) by the European Chemicals Agency due to its endocrine disrupting properties, and there is a significant amount of scientific evidence that shows even low-level exposure to BPA has an adverse effect on the development of breast tissue and might increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
While lowering the migration limit for BPA is a small step in the right direction, this vote really represents a missed opportunity to tell the European Commission that what we need is a full ban of the substance at the European level in all consumer products, especially food packaging.
The draft Regulation aimed at lowering migration limits is likely to be adopted in the next few months. Breast Cancer UK will continue to work for a full ban of BPA in the UK and across the European Union.