Avoid Newspaper to Wrap and Serve Food: The FSSAI Highlights the Health Risks involved

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Avoid Newspaper to Wrap and Serve Food: The FSSAI Highlights the Health Risks involved

Avoid Newspaper to Wrap and Serve Food: The FSSAI Highlights the Health Risks involved

The FSSAI has severely asked consumers and food vendors across India to stop using newspapers for packing, serving, and storing food goods immediately.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have issued an urgent warning to food sellers and consumers to discontinue using newspapers for packing, storing, and serving food items. According to the food regulation, the ink used in newspapers contains certain compounds that can pose a variety of health hazards. According to a PTI article, FSSAI CEO G Kamala Vardhana Rao “strongly urged consumers and food vendors across the country to immediately stop using newspapers for packing, serving and storing food items.”

 

Why Should You Not Wrap Food in Newspaper? What Health Risks Are Involved?
G Kamala Vardhana Rao also emphasised the dangers of utilising newspapers to wrap and pack food. The printing ink contains “various bioactive materials” that can be hazardous to one’s health, according to the FSSAI. “The ink used in newspapers contains various bioactive materials with known negative health effects, which can contaminate food and lead to health issues when ingested,” stated Mr. Rao.

According to the article, the ink may contain substances such as lead and heavy metals that can enter the human body through food served or wrapped in newspaper. “Moreover, newspapers are often subjected to various environmental conditions during distribution, making them susceptible to contamination by bacteria, viruses or other pathogens that may transfer to the food, potentially causing foodborne illnesses,” said the FSSAI.

Avoid Newspaper to Wrap and Serve Food: The FSSAI Highlights the Health Risks involved

The Food Safety & Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018, have also been notified by the food regulatory agency, which restricts the use of newspapers or similar materials for storing, packing, or wrapping food. Consumers and vendors must avoid using newspapers to cover or serve edible items, according to the regulation. Newspapers should not be used to soak up excess oil from fried dishes such as samosas or pakodas.

According to the PTI report, the FSSAI is now collaborating with state food regulators to ensure that newspapers are not used to serve or pack food.


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