Sri Lanka introduces new food packaging norms

By Ankush Chibber

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Nutrition, Food

Sri Lanka will now longer allow the import, transport, storage, packaging, distributing, and selling of food products in packaging that can cause health problems to the human body.

The government issued a gazette notification in this regard last week, saying that food cannot be imported, stored, distributed or sold in a manner that reduces its organoleptic characteristics, quality and nutrition level.

In addition, the government clearly laid out rules, which stated that food items couldn't contain non-edible items, and food packaging cannot be re-used.
The gazette also said that recycled plastic should not be used to make food packaging, while packaging used to store other food items should not be used to prepare, store or distribute rice, which is a much consumed staple in the country.

According to the gazette, the government’s health ministry took the decision after considering various public complaints received in connection with food products available at supermarkets.

Related topics: Policy, All Asia-Pacific

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