India India to add migration limit of Antimony and DEHP from food contact plastic materials

On September 6, 2021, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) proposed the draft “Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Amendment Regulations, 2021”, which will add antimony and Phthalic acid, bis (2-ethylhexyl) ester (DEHP) as substances which are set requirement for specific migration limits from plastic materials intended to be in contact with articles of food. This draft is open for comments for 60 days (submit online to [email protected] ). The amendment proposes to add  0.04 mg/Kg for antimony and 1.5 mg/Kg for DEHP as the migration limits to the list of specified substances provided in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018. India has also notified the WTO-TBT of this proposal on September 20, 2021.

 

WTO-TBT notification dated September 20, 2021:
https://docsonline.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/G/TBTN21/IND210.pdf&Open=True

Other substances for which migration limits have been set in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 are as follows.

Sl. No. Substances Max. Migration Limit(mg/Kg)
1 Barium 1.0
2 Cobalt 0.05
3 Copper 5.0
4 Iron 48.0
5 Lithium 0.6
6 Manganese 0.6
7 Zinc 25.0

 

The draft amendment can be downloaded from the following URL.
https://egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2021/229449.pdf