Govt. to set up new food packaging norms for export


The government is planning to work out new packaging norms for export of food items to address concerns over food safety and health standards even as some Indian food products face rejection in developed markets. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has on several occasions refused entry to Indian food items such as spices, basmati rice, fisheries and herbal products.


A standing committee has been constituted by the ministry of commerce and industry to formulate packaging standards for export of 500 products including fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, tea, and coffee. The regulations will be in sync with those of the developed markets such as the US, Vietnam, the European Union, and Japan.


The government is keen to promote exports of fresh and processed food products and is hoping that these regulations will help in increased business for exporters.


The standing committee will introduce a degree course in packaging as an initiative to increase awareness about the matter. The committee will also engage in research of innovative materials for packaging of different products.


Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), several research institutes and industry associations such as Tea Board of India and Coffee Board of India will take part in the committee.

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