The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to officially ban bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula packaging because it is not used anymore, stressing the decision is not based on safety.
The agency’s current safety review supports the safety of BPA for use in the manufacture of food contact articles as authorized in the food additive regulations.
It said the action is based solely on a determination of abandonment and is not related to safety.
The final rule will amend the food additive regulations to no longer provide for the use of BPA-based epoxy resins as coatings in infant formula packaging.
It is effective from today (July 12) and interested parties may submit objections and requests for a hearing within 30 days.
Steven G. Hentges, of the polycarbonate/BPA global group of the American Chemistry Council, said the decision is based solely on marketplace conditions.
“We believe this action by FDA will bring clarity for consumers and will eliminate any lingering confusion about the presence of BPA in infant formula packaging.”