India Consults Over Proposal to Strengthen Food Contact Regulations

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India is
currently consulting over a proposal to expand the number of substances in food
contact plastic subject to a specific migration limit.

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 proposed amendment adda antimony and bis 2-(ethylhexyl)
phthalate (DEHP) to the list of regulated substances – increasing the total
number from seven to nine.

The proposal would update to Regulation 4,
Sub-regulation (4) Table 1 ‘Requirements for specific migration limits of substances
from plastic materials intended to be in contact with articles of food’ to

  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: ≤ 1.5 mg/kg

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