Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified the new food packaging regulations, replacing all provisions regarding the packaging requirements prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
FSSAI has asked food businesses to comply with new regulations by 1st July 2019. The new regulations bar the use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles.
FSSAI has also separated the packaging regulations from the labeling regulations and a separate Scientific Panel for food packaging has been planned.
The regulations prohibit packaging material made of recycled plastics including carrying bags for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food.
As inks and dyes may lead to the formation of Cancer, the norms also prohibit the use of newspaper and such other materials for packing or wrapping of food articles.
The new regulations also prescribe overall migration and specific migration limits of contaminants for plastic packaging materials. It specifies the suggestive list of packaging materials to be used for different food product categories.
The regulations state respective Indian standard for printing inks for use on food packages. The packaging materials used for packing or storing the food products should conform to the Indian standards provided in the schedules.