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On January 3, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has published new packaging regulations under Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018. This new regulation replaces all provisions related to packaging prescribed in Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.

Aside from the general and specific requirements for packaging materials, the new regulations also prescribe overall migration and specific migration limits of contaminants for plastic materials intended to come in direct contact with food products. The regulation also contains a table in Schedule IV that lists suggestive packaging materials for various product categories.

Further, recognizing the carcinogenic effect of inks and dyes, these regulations also prohibits the use of newspaper and such other materials for packing or wrapping of food articles.

Food businesses shall have to comply with these regulations by July 1, 2019.

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