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EU to Strictly Limit, but Still Allow, Bisphenol A in Food Cans

Jan. 11, 2018, 5:31 PM

The European Union in September is expected to reduce by more than 90 percent the allowable amount of the synthetic compound bisphenol A (BPA) in can linings and other food-contact coatings, but lawmakers voted Jan. 11 to reject a bid to ban the substance outright.

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted 47 to 17, with one abstention, against an objection to the plan to amend a 7-year-old law setting new limits for BPA in can linings and other materials that come into contact with food.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, proposed the measure last August.

The regulation...

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