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Oct. 6 EU: France seeks labelling of contested chemical BPA

Posted Date: 
Thursday, October 6, 2011

From: France 24

France's ecology minister on Tuesday said she would seek labelling requirements for food containers made with bisphenol A (BPA) after a watchdog agency sharpened its concern about this chemical.

"What I propose first of all is systematic labelling of products containing BPA when the product comes into contact with the public," the minister told AFP....Labelling would be obligatory and the measure would be introduced swiftly, she said.

Kosciusko-Morizet said she would also propose a ban on BPA for specific products whenever the compound could be substituted by another chemical proven to be safe.

Several countries have introduced voluntary measures or laws to stop the manufacture of baby bottles with BPA and published guidelines on safer use of these containers. In June 2010, the French parliament banned BPA-containing baby bottles.

We will keep you updated on any regulatory changes that result.

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