Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is mainly used in combination with other chemicals to manufacture plastics and resins.
For example, BPA is used in polycarbonate plastics, a high performance transparent, rigid plastic. Polycarbonate is used to make food containers, such as reusable beverage bottles, tableware (plates and mugs) and storage containers.
BPA is also used to produce epoxy resins used to make protective coatings and linings for food and beverage cans and vats.
BPA can migrate in small amounts into food and beverages stored in materials containing the substance.
Bisphenol A, latest updates
In 2017, EFSA’s CEP Panel endorsed a protocol for use in the ongoing re-evaluation of potential BPA hazards. It defines how to select, appraise and integrate the evidence from studies on BPA.
A new report presents the outcome of testing of the study appraisal methodology in the 2017 BPA hazard assessment protocol.
To ensure consistency between past and future BPA assessments, our experts applied the study appraisal methodology to a selection of studies from EFSA’s 2015 assessment and compared the results with those achieved at the time.
Paper&board – some examples
- Germany (Recommendation XXXVI. Paper and board for food contact Annex to recommendation XXXVI. Preconditions for the use of recycled fibres as raw materials for the production of paper)
Bisphenol A: Max. 0.05 mg/kg
- France (Fiche MCDA n°4 (V02 – 01/01/2019); loi n°2010-729 du 30 juin 2010 modifiée par la loi n°2012-1442 du 24 décembre 2012)
Bisphenol A: seuil de 2 mg/kg de papiers et cartons