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Harmful chemicals used in food contact materials can put people’s health at risk. Commenting on the European Commission’s proposal to restrict the use of bisphenol A (BPA) and other bisphenols in food contact materials, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) calls for swift action and ambition to protect health and the environment against hazardous chemicals found in food packaging. 

In Europe, thousands of different chemicals are used to produce and treat food contact materials. These substances, many of which have been linked to serious health impacts, have the potential to migrate into our food and drinks. 

Bisphenol A (BPA) is the most well-known and commonly used bisphenol, a type of chemical widely used in the production of food packaging. Exposure to BPA, an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) that has been classified as being toxic for reproduction, has been linked to breast cancer, infertility, early puberty, diabetes and obesity, and neurological disorders in children.  

Read HEAL’s response to the public consultation on the EU Commission’s proposal to restrict BPA and other bisphenols in food contact materials.

Read the contributions from HEAL’s members, like the Alliance for Cancer Prevention, Reseau Environnement Santé, Générations Futures, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) France, C2DS and HEJSupport 

Find out more about HEAL’s work on food contact materials. 

Visit the Toxic-Free Food Packaging campaign, a one-stop shop for policymakers, advocates and consumers to understand how chemicals in food contact materials can put our health and the environment at risk. This website is managed by CHEM Trust, Zero Waste Europe and HEAL. 

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