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Effective April 18, 2016, Californiaís Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment implemented an emergency regulation that allows manufacturers to provide in-store warning signs to retailers about exposure to BPA. This program provides an option for the industry to work together to provide warnings in stores, instead of removing products from store shelves, or changing the labels of food and beverage products that use BPA in their packaging or may otherwise expose consumers to BPA.
In order to benefit from the safe harbor the emergency regulation provides, manufacturers must provide warning signs to retail outlets at no cost to the retailer, and notify the retailer which products the warning sign applies to. The rule allows trade associations or authorized agents to provide the signs and notice on behalf of manufacturers. The deadline for compliance is May 11, 2016. As a service to members, GMA will act as an authorized agent to provide the necessary signage to retailers, and establish a database for manufacturers to compile all the required product listings.
GMA and non-GMA companies can participate in this program. To help recoup a portion of the significant costs incurred by GMA, non-members may participate in the warning sign program for a fee. The fee allows manufacturers to be listed as a participating company and to have access to the database for listing their products as the regulation requires. The program is intended to remain in effect until the permanent rule is completed by OEHHA, at which time the program will be re-evaluated to determine its continuing efficacy and future costs.
Scientists and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and across the world have concluded that BPA is safe for use in food packaging. The U.S. Food and Drug Administrationís (FDA) advice to consumers is that food and beverages in packages using bisphenol A (BPA) as a food safety barrier are safe and that packaging that may contain trace amounts of BPA are safe for use with food (http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm355155.htm).
- See more at: http://www.gmaonline.org/issues-policy/state-affairs/gmas-bpa-warning-program/#sthash.UB3nAvVD.dpuf