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Exports Containing Food Packaging Materials

Jun 05, 2018

Recently, the French Senate passed a bill that “prohibits the production, import, export and operation of all food packaging products containing bisphenol A components”. According to this law, France is scheduled to ban the use of bisphenol A in all food packaging in 2015. The act, as an amendment to No: 2010-729 decree, extends the ban on bisphenol A from infant bottles to all food-contact materials. Details of this include: Suspension of any "direct food contact" packages, containers and utensils; this suspension will take effect on the first day of the next month following the issuance of the bill (for infants 0 to 12 months and 1 to 3 years old Children); for other packaging materials and utensils will be effective from January 1, 2015; all packages containing bisphenol A in contact with food should have health warnings to prevent their use in pregnant women, lactating women, babies and young children The French Public Health Code will include the ban on the inclusion of bisphenol A in teats and teethers. It is reported that the French government will submit a feasibility report on replacing BPA to the French Parliament before July 1, 2014.

Bisphenol A, also known as BPA, is used in the industry to synthesize polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resins, and is used in the manufacture of plastic (milk) bottles, suction cups for infants, and foods. Beverage cans sealed liner. Animal experiments show that BPA is harmful to the brain and nervous system. Another study found that this chemical or coronary heart disease and reproductive system diseases. The European Union believes that bisphenol A-containing milk bottles will induce precocious puberty. From March 2, 2011, baby bottles containing the chemical substance bisphenol A were banned. Other countries are also cautious about bisphenol A. It is understood that the Canadian government has taken preventive measures earlier to reduce the exposure of infants and young children to bisphenol A; the United States introduced a related draft, focusing on the study of toxicity evaluation of bisphenol A.

For this reason, the inspection and quarantine department reminds relevant production enterprises and foreign trade purchasing companies to promptly pay attention to the standard updating of food packaging materials, carry out reasonable process design improvements, and ensure that the products meet the safety standards. Strengthen communication and exchange with customers, and timely respond to each other's requirements. At the same time, the inspection and quarantine authorities will pay close attention to the renewal of food packaging material standards in relevant countries to ensure the smooth export of products.