Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used primarily in the manufacture of polycarbonate (PC) plastics and epoxy resins.
A product that is BPA-free is one that does not use the organic compound Bisphenol A in its construction. In the past, many plastic products such as baby bottles, plastic plates and cutlery, storage containers, and drink bottles have been made using BPA.
Over the years, concerns have been raised about its effects on human health, especially when it is used in food contact materials and articles (FCM). Many jurisdictions around the world now regulate the use of BPA, making it important for manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers to understand and comply with the relevant laws and standards for their target markets.
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Since BPA’s identification as a substance that can cause developmental damage to fetuses, babies and young children, several jurisdictions around the world have introduced restrictions on its use in FCM and other consumer products. Manufacturers, importers, suppliers and retailers should therefore check their products comply with the correct regulations for their target markets.
Utilizing its global network of state-of-the-art testing laboratories, SGS provides a comprehensive range of services for the testing of materials and articles in contact with food. Their experts understand international legislation related to BPA and FCM and can help ensure your products are compliant with target market regulations around the world.