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FSSAI mulls new norms for food packaging; market to touch $18 bn by 2020

13 November 2017

Indian food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is set to announce new norms for pouches, foil containers, bottles and boxes used for food and beverages packaging in an attempt to address various concerns over contamination complaints due to sub-standard material and print.

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While speaking to a business daily, Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive of FSSAI said, “There will be separate regulations for packaging, for which draft regulations will be out soon.”

The new guidelines will be based on a study conducted by the FSSAI and the Indian Institute of Packaging and will also include specific standards for exports too.

The regulations is expected to be in sync with those of developed markets such as the US, Vietnam, the European Union, and Japan.

The study was set up because there has been a growing need to assess whether chemicals in food packaging pose health and safety risks and whether current regulations adequately manage them.

According to N C Saha, director of Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), food packaging market is likely to reach USD 18 billion by 2020 from the present USD 12 billion, with fruits and vegetables segment leading the growth story.

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