Recognising the importance of packaging, and its impact on food safety,The FSSAI has created separate packaging regulations. The new packaging regulations have been separated from the labeling regulations and a separate scientific panel for food packaging is planned.
Some of the regulations that Food Business Operator (FBO) must follow include:
The material of the packaging which comes into contact with food during packaging, preparation, storing, wrapping, transportation and sale/ service must be of food grade quality.
Packaging materials used have to be suitable for the type of product, storage conditions, equipment for filling, sealing and packaging of food, and transportation conditions.
Packaging materials must be able to withstand mechanical, chemical, or thermal stress encountered during normal transportation. Overwrap packaging may be necessary when flexible or semi-rigid containers are used.
Food products need to be packed in clean, hygienic and tamper-proof package/ container.
Sealing material has to be compatible with the product and the containers as well as the closure systems for the containers.