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FSSAI Issues New Packaging Regulations

  •   9 Jan 2019
  •    Lennie Tao
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    Takehome:

    • Packaging material made of recycled plastics shall not be used for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food.
    • Food enterprises need to comply with the new packaging regulation by July 1, 2019.

    As revealed by FSSAI's latest notice on Jan. 3rd, 2019, food enterprises need to comply with the new packaging regulation, the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 [1], by July 1, 2019.

    This new norm is formulated separately from the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 [2] and comes into effect on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette (Jan. 3, 2019).

    Here's the key content:

    Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018

    General requirements

    • Newspaper and packaging material made of recycled plastics for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food cannot be used.

    • Packaging materials shall be suitable for the type of product, the conditions provided for storage and the equipment for filling, sealing and packaging of food as well as transportation conditions.

    • Printing inks for use on food packages shall conform to IS: 15495.

    • Every food business operator shall obtain the certificate of conformity issued by NABL accredited laboratory against these regulations for the packaging material.

    Specific requirements for primary food packaging
    • Requirements for paper and board materials, metal, metal alloys and plastic materials are specified.
    • Overall migration and specific migration limits of contaminants for plastic packaging materials are prescribed.
    List of suggestive packaging materials
    • Including suggestive lists for milk and milk products, fruit, vegetable, meat, beverage, etc.

    Read Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 for more info.

    Reference Link


    [1] FSSAI Notice: Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018
    [2] Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011
     

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