India consults over proposal to strengthen food contact regulations

India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is currently reviewing a proposal to increase the number of substances in food contacts plastics subject to a certain migration limit. End Quote

  • (1888PressRelease) October 14, 2021 – The proposal was issue in a notification on September 6, 2021, and the ministry will be accepting comments until November 5, 2021. If accepted, the draft Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Amendment Regulations, 2021 will amend Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018. The amendment proposed to increase the number of regulated substances from seven to nine by adding antimony and bis 2-(ethylhexylphthalate) phthalate to the list.

    The proposal would amend Regulation 4, Sub-regulation 4. Table 1: Requirements regarding specific migration limits for substances from plastic materials intended for contact with articles food.
    1. Barium: <= 1.0 mg/kg


    2. Cobalt: = 0. 05 mg/kg


    3. Copper: <= 5.0 mg/kg


    4. Iron: <= 48.0 mg/kg


    5. Lithium: <= 0.6 mg/kg


    6. Manganese: <= 0.6 mg/kg


    7. Zinc: <= 25.0 mg/kg


    8. Antimony: = 0. 04 mg/kg


    9. DEHP: = 1.5mg

    As national requirements for food contact material are constantly changing around the globe, stakeholders should be aware of how important it is to keep abreast of current and proposed regulatory requirements.

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