Wrapping food in newspaper a health hazard: regulator
- India’s food regulator has issued an advisory stating that the use of newspapers for wrapping and packing of food items, a common practice by street vendors, poses a health hazard.
- The regulator expressed concern over “Indians being slowly poisoned” by cancercausing agents in newspaper ink.
- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India restricted use of newspapers and packaging material saying consumption of food wrapped in newspapers was “injurious to health, even if the food had been cooked hygienically.
- The food regulator said the chemicals in newspaper ink contain harmful colours, pigments, additives and preservatives. “Besides chemical contaminants, presence of pathogenic micro-organisms in used newspaper poses potential risk to human health.