In an article published on October 17, 2017 by news provider Confectionery News, editor Richard Whitehead reported that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will prepare new regulations for food packaging, covering boxes, bottles, pouches, and foil containers.
A study by the FSSAI and the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) tested the quality of packaging materials manufactured in India and found that all of the samples did not meet the standards. “In some samples, the color was coming out of the packaging material,” stated NC Saha, director of the IIP.
The new regulations will govern materials and printing, and are “intended to make food companies more accountable,” Whitehead explained. He further noted that aluminum, copper, brass, glass, plastic, and tin are currently authorized for use in packaging and “should conform to Indian Standards specifications.” The “re-use” of tin and plastic containers is not allowed, Whitehead informed, in particular for packaging edible oil and fat. Further, specific rules apply to packaging for milk, dairy products, edible oil, fruits and vegetables, canned meat, and drinking water.
Richard Whitehead (October 17, 2017). “FSSAI to draw up new packaging regulations.” Confectionery News