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Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018.

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Abstract
The Regulations provide for general packaging requirements including the materials or metals used and for packaging requirements for specific food products. Every food business operator shall ensure that the packaging material used shall be in accordance with these regulations: Any material which comes in direct contact with food used for packaging, preparation, storing, wrapping, transportation and sale or service of food shall be of food grade quality. Packaging materials shall be suitable for the type of product, the conditions provided for storage and the equipment for filling, sealing and packaging of food as well as transportation conditions. Packaging materials shall be able to withstand mechanical, chemical or thermal stresses encountered during normal transportation. In case of flexible or semi-rigid containers, an over-wrap packaging may be necessary. Food products shall be packed in clean, hygienic and tamper-proof package or container. The sealing material shall be compatible with the product and the containers as well as the closure systems used for the containers. Tin containers once used, shall not be re-used for packaging of food.
The materials listed in Schedule I, II and III of these regulations shall be compatible with their intended use as a packaging material so as not to alter the quality and safety of the food product. Every food business operator shall obtain the certificate of conformity issued by NABL accredited laboratory against these regulations for the packaging material which comes in direct contact with food or layers likely to come in contact with food to be used. Section 4 deals with Specific Requirements for Primary food packaging. The text contains one Table specifying the Requirement for specific migration limits of substances from plastic materials intended to be in contact with articles of food and four Schedules listing: Paper and board materials intended to come in contact with food products; Metal and Metal Alloys intended to come in contact with food products; Plastic Materials intended to come in contact with food products; and Suggestive packaging materials.
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Entry into force notes
These Regulations shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.
Notes
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India made the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011, but now the Food Authority has decided to divide these regulations into two regulations: (i) the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018; and (ii) the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018. Last amended by notification number F.No.Std/SP-20/T(Migration-N), dated 30th August 2022.
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No
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English

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