Materials containing BPA are internal coatings based on epoxy resins of cans especially those for acidic drinks and aluminium tubes used for pharmaceutical and health care creams and ointments. Those also included are moulded items made of polycarbonate resins such as baby drink feeders for children 0 to 3years old.
The European Commission said the regulation which applies from September 6th2018, will tighten restrictions on the use of BPA in food contact materials (FCM’s).
Varnished or coated materials placed on the market before this date will remain until exhaustion of stocks.
Current levels allow a specific migration limit (SML) of 0.6mg of BPA per kg of food. The SML is the amount to migrate from a plastic material into food.
The new regulation SML will be 0.05 mg/kg.
Edwards’ Analytical Ltd is currently valiating its procedures to measure the migration of BPA to at least the proposed level.