Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic compound which is found in many plastic food and beverage containers such as plastic bottles, cans and stretch wraps. As a color developer, it is also often part of the coating of thermal paper which is traditionally used for receipts and weighing scale labels in the retail sector.
BPA has been of concern due to its hormone-like properties as an endocrine disruptor. It is suspected of having negative health effects and being connected to risks of cancer, diabetes, obesity and developmental disorders. These risks, however, depend on the exposure levels. As a precaution, the European Union has decided to ban Bisphenol A in thermal paper.
New EU regulation 2016/2235 and Bisphenol A
The new EU Regulation 2016/2235 will enter into force in January 2020. From then on, all parties involved in the value chain of producing or using thermal paper must refrain from using Bisphenol A.
If you use thermal paper in your label printers and labeling systems, you can meet the new requirements without delay. In fact: Being well-prepared in anticipation of this important change, Weber Marking Systems is ready to deliver BPA-free thermal paper as you are reading this today!
Thanks to strong partnerships with our suppliers, we can even take it one step further and provide you with thermal labels made entirely bisphenol-free (BP-free) and phenol-free. A wide range of products allows Weber Marking Systems to meet demands in any industry – from food to logistics and retail.