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The current emergency rulemaking that allows the use of point-of-sale (POS) signage to indicate exposures from BPA at retail stores will expire on October 17th, 2016. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently issued a proposed rule that would permit POS signage for BPA until December 30, 2017 but with significant differences in the proposal that may surprise food manufacturers.
This proposal would require manufacturers, producers, packagers, importers, or distributors of foods in BPA-containing packages to send OEHHA specific information about the products to post on the “lead agency website." There is a clear sense of urgency to move away from use of BPA as quickly as possible. If the proposed regulation goes through, then companies would have few options for compliance in order to avoid costly lawsuits. The aftermath of the proposed rule could stigmatize companies and products, even when the exposure to BPA may be negligible.
In this webinar, explore possible legal implications of the rule as well as steps that you can take to avoid costly "bounty hunter" lawsuits. With food manufacturers scrambling to find alternative coatings to BPA, you will also learn about the steps necessary in making the transition, and the attributes associated with each of the different coating options.
You will walk away with an understanding of:
- OEHHA's intentions with the proposed change, proposed reporting requirements, and the meaning behind "intentional use" of BPA
- The current regulatory and scientific landscape surrounding BPA and what is OEHHA's status on development of a safe harbor level
- The legal implications that both manufacturers and retailers can take to be compliant as well as avoid penalties
- The different coating options available and necessary considerations and next steps to begin substituting and moving away from BPA
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