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Eatables should not be packed in newspapers, plastic bags: Collector

23,June, 2017

Virudhunagar Collector A. Sivagnanam has warned hoteliers and tea stalls against packing eatables in newspapers and hot beverages in plastic bags.

In a statement, he said hotels, tea stalls and bakeries had the habit of packing eatables in newspapers. The ink used for printing on newspapers have chemicals, including lead and cadium, which could get mixed with the packed eatables. The chemicals on being consumed could lead to indigestion and cancer, and also affect liver and the brain.

Similarly, serving hot eatables on plastic papers or packing hot beverages in plastic covers will lead to melting of the plastic, leading to cancer and affecting the liver.

People can lodge food-related complaints through WhatsApp number 94440-42322.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has banned packing of eatables and beverages in newspapers and plastic covers.

Hoteliers and bakeries could use plantain leaves, arecanut leaf sheath, paper plates and cups made of leaves for packing eatables.

Mr. Sivagnanam said that tea, milk, sambar and rasam should not be packed in plastic covers. Stringent action would be taken against those who violate the food safety rules under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.

Hoteliers can apply for food safety licence through the websitewww.fssai.gov.in. This could be done through e-service centres, Mr. Sivagnanam said.

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