Health fears over BPA chemical in plastic food packaging
Food and drinks packaging helps food to stay fresh and enjoy a longer shelf life.
Plastic is commonly used in food containers, bottles and wrapping materials as well as in the linings of tin cans.
But plastic packaging containing Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) has come under increasing scrutiny.
In France the decision has been taken to ban BPA from food packaging from 1 January 2015 as a result of health fears.
However, other government scientists around the world say it is safe to consume food and drinks from BPA plastic packaging at low levels.
Reporter Rachel Royce looks at the controversy over BPA and asks if it should be banned from food packaging in the UK.
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20 Oct 2014