A whitepaper on “Food Contact Safety and Regulatory Compliance of Packaging Materials,” proposed by Dr. R Rangaprasad, discusses the new food packaging regulations framed by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The regulations will come into effect from July 1st, 2019.
The paper throws light on the Indian Standards for Food Contact and Safety. These standards cover requirements of basic resin, additives, monomers, pigments and colorants, overall migration and storage and control.
The new packaging regulations will also set specific migration limits for contaminants such as barium, zinc, cobalt, iron, lithium among others which are found in certain packaging materials such as plastic.
As per the new regulations, food brands will have to procure permission from FSSAI to use such words such as pure, natural, fresh, and authentic while describing products.
The paper gives a brief description on the role of packaging and discusses the good regulatory practices and need for food packaging regulations.