FSSAI Bans Use of Newspapers, Recycled Plastic to Wrap Food
On finding that packaging materal can cause contamination in food products, the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed all Food Business Operators to stop using recycled plastic, newspaper and paper sheets to wrap food.
The FSSAI conducted two studies to check the presence of chemical contamination and heavy metals in food, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Mumbai, and the National Test House (NTH), Kolkata. Following this, the FSSAI issued a notification regulating food packaging norms.
"Besides, general and specific requirement with respect to packaging materials, the regulations also prescribe overall migration and specific migration limits of contaminants for plastic packaging materials" FSSAI wrote in its press release.
According to India Today's report, all existing provisions prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011, pertaining to packing requirements, have been amended via this notification.
According to the press release, FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal said:
He further said that, bearing in mind the difficulties in implementation of these regulations, food businesses will have until 1 July to comply.