The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) in the State of California approved a proposed emergency regulatory action to amend section 25603.3 of title 27 of the California Code of Regulations submitted by Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). If followed, canned and bottled foods and beverages are deemed to comply with the Proposition 65 warning requirements for BPA which will be effective from 11 May 2016.
In April 2016, OEHHA sought public comments for a proposed emergency regulatory action to provide a warning sign at each point-of-sale for oral exposures to BPA from canned and bottled foods and beverages. On 18 April 2016, OAL approved the proposal after a five-day comment period, the compliant BPA warning remain unchanged. It will be lasted for six months and expire on 18 Oct 2016.
BPA is a highly concerned chemical nowadays in the world and many countries are proposing a restriction or even tighten the current requirements. Apart from the USA, EU is proposing a more stringent requirement on migration of BPA from food contact plastic materials in Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 and extends the restriction to varnishes and coatings intended to come into contact with food. The European Commission (EC) also submitted a proposal to restrict BPA in thermal paper under Annex XVII to the REACH (Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006).