The Korean government said it would prohibit the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in all food contact materials, containers and packages for infants and young children, instead of banning it in baby bottles only.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said Friday that it would put to public notice an amendment to the rules on standards for apparatus, containers, and packages to ban BPA in all food containers for children such as baby feeding products and straw cups.
BPA, which disrupts the human body’s normal use of hormones, appears in plastics such as polycarbonates and epoxy resins. The substance is often used for food packages, cans, and receipts.
BPA has stirred up safety controversy as it is known to interfere with the normal function of the endocrine system. It can also penetrate into the skin.
The amendment will include banning the use of BPA, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) in all food contact materials, containers and packages used by infants and young children. It will also set a new standard for temporarily allowed, moisture-proof containers for dry food.
Earlier, Europe also decided to apply stricter BPA regulation. From Sept. 6, the European Commission will prohibit the use of BPA in food containers and food contact materials for infants and young children aged up to three.
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