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Jan, 04 2019

Food Biz to Comply with New Packaging Norms by July1: FSSAI

"The new packaging regulations would raise the bar of food safety in India to the next level," shared Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India on Thursday said that food businesses need to comply with new packaging regulations that bar use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles by July 1.

The new regulations prohibit packaging material made of recycled plastics including carry bags for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food.

Taking cognizance of the carcinogenic effect of inks and dyes, the norms also prohibit the use of newspaper and such other materials for packing or wrapping of food articles and includes respective Indian standard for printing inks for use on food packages.

"The new packaging regulations would raise the bar of food safety in India to the next level," shared Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI.

FSSAI also mentioned that there would be difficulties in implementation of these regulations by the unorganised sector and hence sufficient time has been given before the regulations come into force.

"The food businesses shall have to comply with these regulations by 1st July, 2019,” said Agarwal adding that stakeholder's consultation and mass awareness building amongst consumers and food businesses would precede implementation of the new packaging regulations.

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