Through a notification dated 26 September 2017, the FSSAI has issued directions regarding the standards of tin that is used in packaging certain food products. The Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations 2011, has prescribed that the packaging requirements for Edible oil/ fat are to be as follows
Tin Plate used for the manufacture of tin containers for packaging edible oils and fats shall conform to the standards of prime grade quality contained in B.I.S. Standards No. 1993 or 13955 or 9025 or 13954 as amended from time to time and in respect of Tin containers for packaging edible oils and fats shall conform to IS No. 10325 or 10339 as amended from time to time.
Through these directions, FSSAI has brought notice to the following changes in the above-prescribed standards
- There is now a revised edition of IS 1993 and the revised edition will supersede IS 13955, IS 9025 and IS 13954
- Containers made of tin are used for packaging other food products also besides edible oils and fats. Therefore the tin plates used for packaging of all kinds of foods have to be of the required quality which will ensure that all foods contained in the tin packaging are completely safe for consumers.
- Henceforth, manufacturers that make tin containers for packing of foods will have to keep in mind that any tin plate that they use for packaging food products must conform to the
- Specifications, as laid down in, IS 1993/ISO 11949 relating to cold-reduced electrolytic tinplate
- Any such tin containers once already used for packaging cannot be re-used for packaging of any article of food.
Tinplate is a low carbon steel sheet that is coated on both sides with a thin layer of tin, through an electrolytic process. Tinplate is considered a primary raw material in the packaging industry because it is malleable and can be recycled. It has the flexibility and weldability to be shaped into tin cans and containers. The tinplate has a metallic luster which can resist corrosion.