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Bonduelle, Andros… Brands sanctioned for deliberately concealing the presence of bisphenol A in their products

Bonduelle, Andros… Brands sanctioned for deliberately concealing the presence of bisphenol A in their products

Bonduelle, Andros… Brands sanctioned for deliberately concealing the presence of bisphenol A in their products

They agreed to maintain restraint on this issue. The Competition Authority announced on Thursday that it had sanctioned 15 agri-food sector players for agreeing not to report “the presence or absence of bisphenol A” in their cans and cans between 2010 and 2015, more than four years.

In its press release, the agency said it sanctioned “three cannery trade organizations and the can industry union for pursuing a collective strategy aimed at preventing manufacturers in the sector from competing on the issue of the presence or absence of bisphenol A.” The National Food Safety Agency considers it an endocrine disruptor.

“The sanctions also included 11 companies prosecuted as members of these organizations,” the document clarifies. These are the “cans” Andros, Bonduelle, Charles et Alice, Cofigeo, Conserves France, D’Aucy, General Mills and Unilever, and the “can suppliers” Ardagh, Crown and Massilly. “The four relevant professional organizations, as well as eleven member companies, were subject to sanctions totaling EUR 19,553,400,” the Competition Authority summarizes.

“Avoid creating consumer mistrust”

Banned in France since 2015 in food containers, bisphenol A (BPA) is considered an endocrine disruptor by the National Food Safety Authority (ANSES) and is suspected of being linked to numerous disorders and diseases (breast cancer, infertility, etc.). .

According to the agency, the parties involved wanted, in their own words, “not to create consumer mistrust” and agreed “not to use the absence of BPA as a selling point that could (…) completely destabilize the value chain.”

The goal of this agreement was to “prevent manufacturers from reporting that their food containers are BPA-free” and “encourage manufacturers to refuse to supply BPA-free boxes until it is banned in France, and then to “stop selling canned food containing BPA.” And after this date,” the press release continues.


Source: Le Parisien

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