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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.

On 19th February, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) reported that it supports the evaluation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with regard to the reassessment of bisphenol A. In the EFSA paper published last month, the experts come to the agreement that according to the latest scientific findings and current consumer exposure, BPA does not pose a risk to the health of any age group. This also applies to unborn children, infants and young adults.

The parliamentary group of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the Bavarian State Parliament recently submitted an urgency motion (document 17/5007 from 28.01.2015) calling for the State Parliament to resolve to commit to achieving a general ban, at national and international levels, on bisphenol A (BPA) in all food packaging, children’s toys and thermal papers. The parliamentary group pf the Christian Social Union of Bavaria (CSU) responded to this motion by submitting a countermotion (document 17/5019 from 29.01.2015) demanding that the State Government commit to achieving a lowering of the threshold value for BPA in the European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC on the basis of the re-evaluation of BPA carried out by the EFSA on 21st January 2015. The motion also demands that a preventive ban on BPA in children’s toys be considered. This motion has been approved.

The motion will first be processed by the Committee for Health and Care. It will then be passed on to the Committee for the Environment and Consumer Protection for approval before being discussed in the plenum so that a resolution can be passed.