France seeks labelling of bisphenol A food containers

29 September 2011 (Last Updated September 29th, 2011 18:30)

France plans to introduce labelling for food containers that are made with bisphenol A (BPA), after the Agency for Food Health Safety (Anses) has sharpened its concern about the chemical.

France plans to introduce labelling for food containers that are made with bisphenol A, after the Agency for Food Health Safety has sharpened its concern about the chemical.

Ecology minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet said that the agency's report was troubling, and proposed a systematic labelling of products containing bisphenol A when the product comes into contact with the public.

Labelling would be obligatory and the measure would be introduced swiftly, Kosciusko-Morizet said.

In addition, the minister also aims to propose a ban on bisphenol A for specific products whenever the compound could be substituted by another chemical proven to be safe, in order to prevent infants, pregnant women or nursing women from being exposed to it.

Bisphenol A is used in polycarbonate types of hard plastic bottles and as a protective lining in food and beverage cans.

Several countries have already introduced voluntary measures or laws to stop the manufacture of baby bottles with bisphenol A and published guidelines on safer use of these containers.