EU tightens bisphenol A food migration limit

Maximum leaching rate lowered following scientists' decision to revise tolerable intake level

The EU has cut by 80% the maximum leaching rate of bisphenol A from food can linings. The change in the migration limit from 3 milligrams per kilogram of food (ml/kg) to 0.6 mg/kg follows a decision by EU scientists last year to revise downwards the recommended tolerable daily intake of bisphenol A (EED 08/05/02).

The substance is used to make the epoxy resins that line food and beverage containers. A plastics industry spokesperson told ENDS Europe DAILY said its products could meet the new limit, which was agreed by a standing committee of EU member state representatives on Friday and should now enter force early next year.

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