KPPU Requests BPOM Explanation Regarding BPA Labeling on AMDK

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1NEWS, The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) sees the potential for unfair competition in the draft revised policy on BPOM Regulation Number 31 of 2018 concerning Processed Food Labels.

This is because the policy revision aims to add a certain article that requires the BPA label for gallons made from Polycarbonate (PC) or only one type of product packaging.

“There is the potential for unfair competition. But first, we have to make sure that the final draft of the BPOM policy revision is like, and what is the urgency of the BPA Free labeling that only refers specifically to PET bottled drinking water, why specifically to PET gallons? We have to confirm this later with BPOM,” said the Director of Public Policy Advocacy of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU), Abdul Hakim Pasaribu in his statement, Tuesday (19/4/2022).

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The judge, who at the request of the KPPU Commissioner, Chandra Setiawan, said that KPPU had been invited to a FGD organized by the Coordinating Ministry for the Economy which also invited many other relevant stakeholders, to resolve differences of opinion because there was a complaint from ASPADIN against BPOM’s plan to label it ‘Potentially Contains BPA’ in gallon packaging made from polycarbonate (PC) which is considered discriminatory.

According to the judge, ASPADIN’s complaint at that time was due to the revision of the BPOM regulation only specifically for AMDK made from PC plastic because it was considered to contain hazardous materials such as BPA. In fact, gallon bottled drinking water made from PET also contains the dangerous chemical ethylene glycol.

This means, whether they are made of polycarbonate or PET, they both have dangerous chemical contamination. However, it will not be dangerous if it meets the limits deemed safe by BPOM.

“So far, according to them, the results of the BPOM analysis have stated that AMDK products are made from PC, the BPA content is far below the tolerance limit,” he said.

He said that at that time, KPPU generally considered that the policy to include writings with the potential to contain BPA, which was specifically for gallon bottled drinking water made from PC, could indeed intersect with KPPU.

“Why is this specifically only for that (gallons made from PC). This can create unhealthy issues between bottled drinking water with different plastic packaging materials,” said Hakim.

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