In an article published in Business Today on January 3, 2019, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) discussed the notification of new regulations that will “prohibit packaging material made of recycled plastics including carry bags for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food” in the country. In light of the carcinogenicity of some inks and dyes, the new rules will also prohibit the use of newspaper and similar printed materials for use in the packaging or wrapping of food items. This is noted by the authority as being potentially challenging specifically for the unorganized sector. The regulations are set to come into force on July 1, 2019.

Furthermore, FSSAI clarified in their press release that the regulations “replace all previous provisions with regard to packaging requirements prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.” The packaging regulations in the country have also now been separated from the labeling regulations, and they “prescribe overall migration and specific migration limits of contaminants for plastic packaging” as well as contain a “suggestive list of packaging materials for different food product categories.”

The new regulations follow their earlier drafting (FPF reported) and a study showing packaging materials in India not meeting standards (FPF reported).

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Business Today (January 3,2019). ‘Stop using recycled plastics, newspapers to wrap food items: FSSAI to food biz.’

FSSAI (January 3, 2019). ‘FSSAI’s new packaging regulations would raise the bar for food safety.’ (pdf)

Pearly Neo (January 21, 2019). “‘Next level’ of food safety in India: FSSAI announces new packaging regulations.Bakery and Snacks