Substances incorporated into packaging materials, such as printed plastics, can migrate into foodstuffs and endanger health. For this reason the FSVO has issued regulations governing packaging.

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Packaging contains substances that may migrate into the foodstuff and thus into the human body. This may pose a threat to health.

Printing inks also contain substances that could pose a risk. The use of substances, including printing inks, in the manufacture of packaging is therefore regulated by legislation.

The food industry is subject to strict requirements that are set out in the Ordinance on Materials and Articles (in French). Annex 2 stipulates the substances that may be used for the plastic layers in utility articles made of plastic. Annex 10 stipulates the substances that may be used for printing inks (see “More information”).

Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic substance used to manufacture various plastic materials intended, among other things, for contact with foodstuffs. The substance may be contained in food can coatings, till receipts and toys, for example. BPA can be detected both in foodstuffs and in utility articles.

The FSVO's position

The National Council Social Security and Health Committee asked the Federal Council to prepare a report on the benefits and risks of using BPA in packaging and utility articles. The report concludes that BPA does not represent a risk to consumers' health. Consumers are exposed to too little of the substance for it to have any impact on health (see "More information").

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Last modification 01.12.2020

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