India’s draft food packaging rules
On 13 October 2017, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) notified the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (WTO-SPS) of draft Indian food packaging regulations, inviting comments and suggestions from WTO-SPS member countries.
The proposed regulation, updating the Food Safety and Standards Rule of 2011, covers the food contact use of several materials, i.e. paper and board, glass, metal and metal alloys, and plastics. In addition, the draft regulation outlines 17 Indian standards specifying the use of various plastics in food contact applications (Food Packaging Forum, 10 November 2017).
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