This Week (in the Exciting World of Label Compliance) – BPA-Free Thermal Labels
Are You Ready to be BPA Free?
Compliance is a part of doing business and I thought I’d take the chance to update you on BPA free labels. BPA will be banned in the EU next year and this is a chance for you to be a step ahead of your competitors with your BPA compliance.
What is BPA?
BPA (Bisphenol-A) is a chemical used in plastics and is also used in some thermal label materials.
Thermal labels, if you remember, are the kind that don’t need an ink ribbon to print. They are usually used in short life labels like free food or courier labels. If you’re not sure what yours are – hit the Web Chat button in the bottom right of the screen or Phone us on 01359 271 111
BPA is thought to be involved in a long list of health conditions from cancer, brain problems, heart conditions – in fact it could be blamed for pretty much every ailment that affects us. Whilst there’s little actual medical evidence to prove beyond doubt, it has been decided by regulators around the world that the world is probably a better place without BPA. So, on 2nd January 2020, BPA will be banned in Europe.
Is BPA in all thermal labels?
No. It only appears in some economy grades of thermal labels. There are too many label brands to list here – but if you contact us, we would be happy to confirm if you are compliant or not.
What do I need to know about BPA Free Thermal Labels?
Many of our suppliers are working hard to remove BPA from their thermal labels and be BPA free before the UK deadline.
Certainly most of our direct thermal labels will be BPA free in the next few months, if not, there will be BPA Free thermal labels alternatives we can help you with.
After January 1st, 2020 it will be illegal for us to supply Thermal Labels containing BPA.
Where can I find information about the changes?
Take a look at the UK Food Safety Agency’s page on BPA in plastics. Click here.
Updated 13 Jun 2019.