The German Federal States of North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein recently submitted a joint motion to the German Federal Government demanding that the use of bisphenol A (BPA) should be banned in the production of materials that come into contact with food. According to a press release published by the Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the ban should not only apply to packaging materials used for food, but also for plastic cups and lunch boxes.

This political initiative is contrary to the position of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). In February 2015, for example, the BfR published a comprehensive FAQ on BPA in consumer products in which it supports the scientific evaluation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with regard to a reassessment of BPA. The EFSA paper states that, according to the latest scientific findings and current consumer exposure, BPA does not pose a risk to the health of any age group, including unborn children, infants and young adults.

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