India is proposing to increase the number of specific migration of substances from food contact plastics. Comments are accepted until November 5, 2021.

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On September 6, 2021, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a notification to amend the nation’s Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 (SafeGuardS 19/19). The draft Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Amendment Regulations, 2021 would expand the number of specific migration of substances in food contact plastics from seven to nine by including antimony and bis 2-(ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).

According to the notification, comments will be accepted until November 5, 2021.

Highlights of the proposal and the existing migration requirements for food contact plastics are summarized in Table 1.

Draft Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Amendment Regulations, 2021 amending the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018
Regulation 4, Sub-regulation (4), Table 1 ‘ Requirements for specific migration limits of substances from plastic materials intended to be in contact with articles of food’

Sl No.

Substance

Migration Limit Requirement

1

Barium 

≤ 1.0 mg/kg

2

Cobalt

≤ 0.05 mg/kg

3

Copper

≤ 5.0 mg/kg

4

Iron

≤ 48.0 mg/kg

5

Lithium

≤ 0.6 mg/kg

6

Manganese

≤ 0.6 mg/kg

7

Zinc

≤ 25.0 mg/kg

8

Antimony

≤ 0.04 mg/kg

9

DEHP

≤ 1.5 mg/kg

Table 1

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