NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR BISPHENOL IN MOCA: Regulation (EU) 2018/213 of 12th February 2018

On 12th February 2018 the European Commission passed the Regulation (EU) 2018/213 which imposes further restrictions on the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in MOCA (Materials and Objects in Contact with Food).

The Regulation, published in the Official Journal, lowers the specific migration limit (SML) of BPA for varnished and coatings (such as those used in cans) and modifies Reg. (EU) 10/2011 regarding the use of this substance in plastic materials intended to come into contact with food.

The regulation comes into force on 6th March 2018 and it shall apply from 6th September 2018.

This limit has been set at 0.05 mg of BPA per kg of food (mg/kg), while the current limit is 0.6 mg/kg.

Furthermore, as already introduced in 2011, the regulation does not allow the migration of BPA from materials and objects specifically destined to come into contact with infants and young children formula extending the ban also to varnished and coatings applied to the materials belonging to this specific category.

Varnished or coated materials and articles and plastic materials and articles that were lawfully placed on the market before 6th September 2018 may remain on the market until exhaustion of stocks.

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