Greiner to remove BPA from food packaging

22 September 2013 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2013 18:30)

Greiner Packaging International has decided to cease the use of the controversial chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA) in the production of its food packaging.

BPA-free

Greiner Packaging International has decided to cease the use of the controversial chemical compound Bisphenol A (BPA) in the production of its food packaging.

The company will convert all production lines to BPA-free raw materials by the end of March 2014.

Greiner Packaging International CEO Willi Eibner said: "We will be the first leading company in our industry changing completely over to BPA-free materials in food packaging."

The company is using Eastman's Tritan copolyester BPA-free raw material for production of its Kavodrink bottles.

The crystal-clear, heat-resistant, dishwasher-proof material has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food and Safety Association (EFSA).

Tritan copolyester allows for a high degree of design flexibility and can be used in injection stretch blow moulding and extrusion blow moulding in the production of five-gallon water bottles.

Recently, France has banned BPA for use in all food packaging from 2015 and Sweden is also preparing a ban on the chemical.


Image: By the end of March 2014, Greiner Packaging will convert all production lines to BPA-free raw materials. Photo: courtesy of Greiner Packaging International.