Beware! Wrapping food items in newspaper is hazardous to health

You may think that wrapping food items in newspapers is a good idea, but in reality it isn’t so. Food, Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) said in an advisory said that the ink
Wrapping food items in newspaper is hazardous to...
India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi December 10, 2016 11:18 IST

You may think that wrapping food items in newspapers is a good idea, but in reality it isn’t so. Food, Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) said in an advisory said that the ink in newspapers have multiple bioactive materials with known negative health effects.

The advisory released on Friday said that this practice is unhealthy and  consumption of such food is injurious to health even if if the food has been cooked hygienically.

"Printing inks may also contain harmful colours, pigments, binders, additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical contaminants, presence of pathogenic micro organisms in used newspapers also poses potential risk to human health," the advisory said.

The advisory also said that even paper/cardboard boxes made of recycled paper may be contaminated with harmful chemicals like phthalate which can cause digestive problems and also lead to severe toxicity.

"Older people, teenagers, children and people with compromised vital organs and immune systems are at a greater risk of acquiring cancer-related health complications, if they are exposed to food packed in such material," the advisory warned.

The advisory comes after Health Minister J.P. Nadda's directions to the food regulatory authority against the practice of wrapping and covering food items in newspapers in India.

Speaking in this regard J.P Nadda said: "It has been observed that vendors have been using newspapers in packing and serving food, which is harmful. I urge the public to dissuade the vendors from doing so."

According to the advisory, the Commissioners of Food Safety of all States/Union Territories will initiate systematic campaigns for generating awareness among all the stakeholders to discourage the use of newspapers for packing, serving and storing food items.

 

(With IANS Inputs)

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