The French government has voted to ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials. This will impact how foods are packaged and sold in France.
France has approved a ban on the use of bisphenol A in food contact materials, reported Agence France-Presse (via Hurriyet Daily News).
The law states there will be a "ban on the manufacture, import, export and commercialisation of all forms of food packaging containing bisphenol A".
Now the chemical will no longer be able to be used in any food contact materials, according to Agra-Net.
BPA is a chemical that is believed to have negative effects on the brain and nervous system, and France had already banned its use in baby bottles in 2010, as have many other nations.
This new law in France takes effect in 2013 and at this time, BPA will no longer be able to be used in packaging for foods for children up to the age of three. The rest of the ban will be rolled out for all other food contact packaging by Jan. 1, 2015, reported AFP.
According to PRW, PlasticsEurope indicated this new law forbidding BPA to be used in food packaging has no benefit for consumers and will "severely distort the internal market." The organization says BPA does not pose any health risks.
Harvard researchers found one can of soup for five days increases urinary excretion of the chemical BPA, which is linked to health problems, 1000 percent.
In 2010, the Canadian government declared Bisphenol A toxic, as reported by Digital Journal. Digital Journal also reported on the U.S. stance of the BPA controversy last April, although, despite concerns, the chemical will not be banned across the board in America. However, some individual companies are making decisions to eliminate the chemical from food packaging or storage containers.
PlasticsEurope also stated French lawmakers are "disregarding" current European Union regulations on BPA which could lead to further conflict.