Bisphenol A (BPA) is a substance used in the manufacturing of certain materials and agents that come in contact with food, such as polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, that are used in varnishes and coatings. BPA can migrate to food from the material or object it comes in contact with thus leading to the exposure of consumers to BPA. The use of BPA as a monomer to produce plastic materials is approved by EU Regulation No 182/2011 10/2011 of the European Commission. The approval is subject to a specific migration limit (SML) of 0.05 mg BPA per kg of food (mg / kg). Also, the tolerated daily intake (ADR) has been set, equal to 4 μg / kg body weight per day.
In December 2014, the European Food Safety Authority, after examining the available data and published scientific studies, issued a statement that the BPA dietary exposure was lower than the TDI (tolerated daily intake) and concluded that there was no health concern with the estimated exposure levels. The use of this substance in the manufacturing of baby bottles made of polycarbonate plastic has been prohibited, solely based on precautionary principle.
Our company, in recent years, has invested significant resources, and in collaboration with research institutions as well as leading companies in the production of tin cans, developed and uses packaging materials that are free of bisphenol. We want to communicate this effort to consumers and raise awareness towards our new BPA free range of tuna products that will be released.