The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has notified the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 to restrict and regulate the use of materials of packaging of food products by Food Business Operators with respect to the Food and Beverage Industry in India.
The primary objective according to the FSSAI packaging regulations is to protect the food contents from microbiological, chemical, atmospheric and physical contamination and to preserve the food taking into account the safety of the health of the humans. As per the
FSSAI regulations, a detailed list of packaging materials need to be used for packaging of specific categories and it also prescribes specific packaging requirements/restrictions.
The new regulations prescribed do replace all the previous provisions under the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging andLabelling) Regulations, 2011.
The new regulations addresses the concerns with regards to migration of chemical contamination and heavy metals from packaging materials into food products and chemical contamination from loose packaging material.
As per the new regulations, it is prohibited to use recycled plastic which includes carry bags for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing food articles. Considering the harmful carcinogenic effect of inks and dyes, the new regulation prohibits the use of newspapers or similar material which are commonly used for wrapping food articles.
Unorganized food sectors would need to do the work around with regards to logistical and infrastructural changes to make their business compliant to the new regulations.
The apex regulator had also revised the guidelines governing the E-commerce Food Business Operators in order to ensure that the last mile delivery of food is undertaken by trained delivery personnel and the food product’s safety is not compromised.
Today, any food business that has food license also has to ensure that it is compliant with the new regulations by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.