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Belgium bans BPA in Childcare Food Contact Products

Belgium recently approved measures to prohibit the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials and articles for young children. The new law takes effect on 1 January 2013.

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Nov. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- In February 2012, SGS informed you that the Belgium Senate approved a proposal to prohibit the use of BPA in the manufacture of certain childcare articles[1].

On 24 September 2012, the Belgium Official Journal published a new Act to prohibit BPA in food contact containers for children up to the age of 3[2].  The new law was passed by parliament on 4 September 2012 and amended the Law of 24 January 1977 on the protection of health from food and other products.  The effective date of the new law is 1 January 2013.  

Belgium is the fourth member state in the EU to institute some form of ban on BPA in specific products for young children; joining Austria, Denmark and France.  Highlights of the new law and a comparison on the restriction of BPA for the EU, Austria, Denmark and France are summarized below.

European Union
Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on food contact plastics
- Equal to or less than 0.6 mg/kg (migration)
- Effective date: 31 December 2012

Regulation (EU) 321/2011 on polycarbonate infant feeding bottles for children up to the age of 1
- BPA prohibited
- Effective since: June 2011

Food Safety and Consumer Protection Act, LMSVG, on pacifiers and teethers
- BPA prohibited
- Effective since: January 2012

Danish Veterinary and Food Administration on food contact materials for children up to the age of 3
- BPA prohibited
- Effective since: 2010

Act of 4 Sept 2012 on food contact materials for children up to the age of 3
- BPA prohibited
- Effective date: 1 January 2013

Act 2010-729 on baby bottles
- BPA prohibited
- Effective since: 2010

Throughout the SGS global network of laboratories, SGS is able to provide a range of services (http://www.sgs.com/en/Consumer-Goods-Retail/Toys-and-Juve...), including analytical testing and consultancy for BPA for Belgium and international markets.


[1] SafeGuardNo. 023/12, “EU - Belgian Senate Approves Ban on BPA in Certain Food Contact Products” (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/0...)
[2] MoniteurBelge – BelgischStaatsblad, 24 Sept 2012 (http://www.ejustice.just.fgov.be/cgi/summary.pl)

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