The Commissioner of Food Safety in Kerala has issued an order prohibiting the storage, distribution, and sale of food packed in printed packaging including newspapers. This order says that this kind of wrapping may cause slow poisoning due to the chemical and microbiological contamination.
The Commissioner’s order is based on the advisory from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) about the health risks from cancer-causing agents in printing ink. It also restricted the use of newspapers and other printed materials for food packaging as its consumption is injurious to health, even if food is cooked hygienically.
The FSSAI had said that chemicals in printing ink contain harmful colours, pigments, additives and preservatives which are slowly poisoning Indians. A risk analysis by it has found that the presence of chemical contaminants and pathogenic micro-organisms in used newspaper poses potential risk to human health. Older people, children and people with compromised vital organs and immune systems are at a greater risk of acquiring cancer-related complications if they are exposed to food packed in such material.