The BPA-Free Package label was developed in response to growing consumer concerns about bisphenol A (BPA) leaching into food and beverages from packaging, and a desire from food and beverage companies to offer safer packaging alternatives to BPA.
Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) developed the BPA-Free Package label with guidance from—and the participation of—food and beverage companies and nationally recognized food related certification programs, including Oregon Tilth and Salmon Safe.
The purpose of the BPA-Free Package program is to:
- Create a common standard and label allowing food and beverage companies to communicate which food and beverage packaging was formulated without the use of BPA
- Accelerate the transition for food and beverage companies, and packaging manufacturers, to adopt and manufacture BPA-free packaging
How it works
OEC manages the Program and licenses the use of the label to food and beverage companies that meet the label requirements.
A food or beverage company has the right to use the BPA-Free Package label directly on their specific food products that meet the following requirements:
- The packaging does not contain BPA on any surface that comes into contact with food (i.e., uses safer, non-BPA epoxy resins on all food contact surfaces) and does not contain BPA in any other part of packaging where it is likely to come into contact with food.
- Given that BPA is found in dust, air and water and could contaminate BPA-free packaging, trace amounts of BPA in packaging may occur where such amounts do not exceed a reasonable threshold based on a scientifically sound principle.
- The definition of food packaging includes any container, bottle, or wrapper intended to hold or store food or drink.
For food and beverage companies to obtain the right to use the BPA-Free Food Package label on their product line(s) that meet the requirements, they must:
- Provide verifiable purchasing information from their packaging supplier(s) that indicate packaging materials are made without BPA on the surfaces with which food or beverage comes into contact.
- Submit signed affidavit that this information is true.
- Agree to make all of these documents publicly available to consumers and the public online.
- Designate a point of contact within the company that can answer questions and is responsible for ensuring the validity of purchasing information and the affidavits.
Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) has more than 40 years of success providing innovative, collaborative solutions to environmental challenges that directly affect people’s health and quality of life. OEC has worked on a number of toxic and sustainability-based programs, including the Eco-Healthy Child Care® program, which has grown into a national program that provides standards and training for child care providers to reduce toxics and create safer environments for children, and the Carbon Reduction Challenge, an independent certification program for the Northwest winery industry to reduce its carbon footprint.
“Nobody is better qualified or more legitimate as an overseeing organization for this seal than the Oregon Environmental Council.”-Peter Truitt from Truitt Brothers
BPA is omnipresent in the environment from a multitude of sources making the complete elimination of BPA from products challenging. Products displaying the BPA-Free Package logo are verified to be packaged in containers that do not intentionally add BPA in their manufacture. Products displaying the BPA-Free Package logo may still contain BPA in trace amounts as a contaminant in the production process. For more information, please see our Labeling Standards. The BPA-Free Packaging program is intended to reduce exposure to BPA and chemical alternatives in product packaging that may pose the same or similar risks, while encouraging the use of safer alternatives. Organizations participating in the BPA-Free Packaging program are required to conduct reasonable due diligence related to BPA alternatives used by packaging manufacturers to help avoid regrettable substitutions with chemicals that may pose the same or similar risks as BPA.