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PACKAGING

Safe pkg & mitigation of risks discussed at International Pkg Conclave
Saturday, 05 August, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
Experts at the International Packaging Conclave - which was a part of the 2017 essay of PackPlus, the four-day event which commenced at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan on Friday - deliberated upon safe packaging and the mitigation of risks resulting from packaging contamination.

With the market for food and pharmaceuticals growing rapidly, the demand for all kinds of packaging materials has also witnessed a sharp spike. And this has led to worries about the safety of the packaging material and compliance with the standards.

Stated the experts, “The primary role of packaging materials is to safeguard the product from physical, chemical, or microbial contamination. However, the potential risk of the packaging material as a source of chemical contamination is often overlooked.”

“The source of such contamination can either be the substrate or the inks or the adhesive used. Hence, to achieve total product safety, it is necessary for all the partners in the packaging material supply chain to deliver an integrated risk-free solution,” they added.

Further, to achieve the objective of product safety, it is imperative that the final printed package, in every case, is compliant with the regulatory and compliance standards that will minimise the risk.

The keynote address was delivered by Kandarp Singh, managing director, Tetra Pak, who stated that integrated solutions were the need of the hour to mitigate the risks that were consequences of contamination.

“The entire supply chain in the food industry needs supervision from the sourcing stage to the manufacturing stage. And for that, we need to work in conjunction with partners to make it sure that food safety is secured right from the beginning,” he added.

Singh added that technological interventions and continuous innovations in the packaging industry, with an effort to make consumers aware of the food safety ecosystem, and continuous dialogue with them would also help to mitigate several of the risks attached with food products.

Kumar Anil, advisor, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), said that the country’s apex food regulator was working on draft regulations pertaining to packaging, labelling, advertisements and claims.

“Soon there will be a discussion on the subject,” he informed, urging the industry to participate in the consultations with the authority on the subject of drafting the regulations for the industry.

Ashish Pradhan, chief executive officer, Siegwerk, was among the others present.
 
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