To modify the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) First Amendment Regulations, 2022. The Sub-regulation (4) of Regulation 4 has been replaced which deals with Specific Requirements for Primary Food Packaging:
Plastic materials used in the manufacture of containers for packing or storing food items must meet one of the Indian Standards specifications defined in Schedule III:
- Drinking water (both packaged and mineral water) must be packed in colourless, transparent, and tamper-proof bottles or containers made of polyethylene (PE) conforming to IS: 10146, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) conforming to IS: 10151, polyalkylene terephthalate (PET and PBT) conforming to IS: 12252, polypropylene (PP) conforming to IS: 10910, food-grade polycarbonate conforming to IS: 14971 or polystyrene conforming to IS: 10142 or sterile glass bottles only. A container’s transparency must be at least 85% in terms of light transmission.
- All pigments or colourants listed in Indian Standard IS: 9833 may be used in plastic containers of five litres or more that are made up of Polycarbonate or Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) for packaging mineral water and packaged drinking water. The light transmittance of such containers must not be less than 85%.