FSSAI issues letter regarding use of bamboo as food contact material

Sep 05, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Commercial Compliance

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on August 30, 2019, have issued a letter regarding the usage of bamboo as food and food contact material. There are many products like spoons, fork, knife, stirrer, cup, etc. prepared from bamboo. The scientific panel has examined the safety aspect of food contact materials manufactured from bamboo and observed that there is no reported literature available regarding contamination of food from use of such utensils made from bamboo and their use as food contact materials if manufactured under hygienic conditions.

Thus, FSSAI issues guidelines for use of bamboo as food contact material; for manufacturing, handling, cleaning and use of bamboo food contact items. Good hygiene practices shall be followed at each and every step of manufacturing, handling and storage of these food contact materials.


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