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French court lifts partial ban on BPA

Published 22 September 2015

France has lifted the ban on production and export of food packages containing bisphenol A (BPA). However, it is yet to allow the sale of such products within its borders.

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BPA is a chemical that gives rigidity to plastics. Some researches have indicated that the chemical could pose health risks.

In 2010, the country had imposed a ban on the use of BPA in baby bottles and since then the restriction on the use of the chemical has been extended to other products as well.

The country's highest court ruled that BPA-containing products can be exported as several countries have not imposed a ban.

However, the ban will continue to remain in place on import or sale of products containing the chemical within France, the court ruled.

Plastic manufacturers believe that the ban encroaches on their commercial freedom to manufacture and distribute, reported Reuters.

Earlier this year, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had stated that BPA, if used under the present low levels, does not pose health risk to consumers.

Some studies have associated BPA with diseases such as cancer, heart ailments, infertility, kidney and liver problems and this heightened consumer fear, resulting in increased regulatory scrutiny on the use of chemical.

Three years ago, the US imposed a ban on the use of BPA in baby bottles, although it had then indicated that there was no sufficient proof to show the risk factor the chemical would pose to health.

Besides France, Denmark is the other European country to have imposed a complete ban on the use of the chemical.


Image: BPA is mainly used to stiffen plastics. Photo: Courtesy of Kangshutters/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.