On 6 March 2018, the BPA Amendment to Plastics Regulation enters into force.
In everyday terms, this means it’s been ruled that the use of vacuum sealer bags which contain BPA is unsafe and that you’ll need to be buying ones which are BPA Free for use with food preparation. Of course, that included cooking sous vide.
The good news? Here at Sous Vide Tools, we’ve always taken great pride in the fact that all of our vacuum sealer bags are BPA Free. Sadly, we can’t vouch for the products supplied by other manufacturers, however urge you to pay specific attention to the bags which you buy.
When buying from ourselves, of course, you don’t need to worry!
You can read full information on regulation change below or read a Q&A from the European Commission here:
Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/213 of 12 February 2018 on the use of bisphenol A in varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food and amending Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 as regards the use of that substance in plastic food contact materials, was published in the Official Journal of the EU, L41/6, 14/02/2018.
The Regulation sets out that the migration into or onto food of 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)propane (‘BPA’) from varnishes or coatings applied to materials and articles shall not exceed a specific migration limit of 0,05 mg of BPA per kg of food (mg/kg). No migration of BPA shall be permitted from varnishes or coatings applied to materials and articles specifically intended to come into contact with infant formula, follow-on formula, processed cereal-based food, baby food, food for special medical purposes developed to satisfy the nutritional requirements of infants and young children or milk-based drinks and similar products specifically intended for young children, as referred to in Regulation (EU) No 609/2013.
Test results obtained as part of the verification procedure must be available and business operators shall ensure that varnished or coated materials and articles are accompanied by a written declaration of compliance containing the information laid down in Annex I to this Regulation. The declaration must be available at all stages of manufacture, processing and distribution other than the retail stage, and provides easy identification of the varnished or coated materials and articles to which it applies.
Varnished or coated materials and articles and plastic materials and articles that were lawfully placed on the market before 6 September 2018 may remain on the market until exhaustion of stocks.
The Regulation enters into force on 6 March 2018.