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European Union’s BPA Limits Show Potentially Harmful Substitute

May 23, 2018, 5:30 PM

A European Union restriction on the chemical bisphenol A might have backfired by encouraging companies to switch to a similar substance that could be equally hazardous, the European Chemicals Agency said.

And the agency said it is in favor of an evaluation of the whole class of bisphenol compounds to address future substitution risks.

In 2016, the EU decided to limit bisphenol A—commonly known as BPA—in thermal paper used for cash register receipts to no more than 0.02 percent by weight, on the basis that bisphenol A is classified in the EU as toxic to reproduction and can disrupt the...

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