The FSSAI has also invited objections or suggestions, if any, which may be sent within 60 days from the uploading of the draft notification and may be addressed as per the format to the Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Food and Drug Administration Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi – 110002. The format is available at Fssai.Gov.in Comments may also be submitted online at https://fssai.gov.in/comments/Bestviewwl.aspx?NOTIFICATION_ID=3100
Email for sending objections or suggestions is [email protected].
These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) First Amendment Regulations, 2021. They shall come into force with effective date for implementation to be either 1st January or 1st July subject to a minimum of 180 days from the date of their final publication in the official Gazette.
The amendments have been proposed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 under sub-regulation (4) under regulation 4 Specific Requirements for Primary food packaging. In sub-regulation (4) a new proviso has been added to the following
(4) Plastic materials intended to come in contact with food products-
(a) Plastic materials used for the manufacturing of containers for packing or storing the food products shall conform to either of the Indian Standards specifications as provided in Schedule – III:
Provided that Drinking Water (both Packaged and Mineral Water) shall be packed in colourless, transparent and tamper-proof bottles or containers made of polyethylene (PE) conforming to IS: 10146 or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) conforming to IS: 10151 or polyalkylene terephthalate (PET and PBT) conforming to IS: 12252 or polypropylene (PP) conforming to IS: 10910 or food grade polycarbonate conforming to IS: 14971 or polystyrene conforming to IS: 10142 or sterile glass bottles only. The transparency of a container shall not be less than 85 percent in light transmittance:
Provided also that all pigments or colorants as specified in Indian Standard IS: 9833 may be allowed in plastic containers of five litre and above made of Polycarbonate and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) used for packaging of mineral water and packaged drinking water. The transparency of such containers shall not be less than 85 percent in light transmittance.
To the above sub-regulation (4) the FSSAI has proposed to add another proviso as an amendment which is as follows
“Provided further that other food grade packaging materials compatible with the water to be packaged may also be used. In such cases requirements of transparent bottle would not apply.”
Source : FSSAI