Newspaper-wrapped food can be harmful to your health, FSSAI warns

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has warned consumers and food vendors against using newspapers to pack, serve, or store food. The FSSAI says that the ink used in newspapers contains harmful chemicals that can leach into food and cause health problems.

October 3, 2023: FSSAI CEO G. Kamala Vardhana Rao said that there is a ‘significant’ health risk” associated with using newspapers to wrap food. He said that the ink used in newspapers contains “various bioactive materials with known negative health effects.”

Rao also said that newspapesr regularly get exposed to environmental contaminants during distribution, which makes them a source of bacteria and other pathogens.

Regulatory body warns of dangers to health

The FSSAI has urged consumers and food vendors to stop using newspapers as food packaging materials and to switch to safe alternatives. The FSSAI has also said that it is working with state food authorities to prohibit the use of newspapers for food packaging and to promote awareness about the dangers of doing so.

Here are some of the health risks associated with using newspapers to wrap food

Chemical poisoning

The ink used in newspapers can contain harmful chemicals, including lead and heavy metals. These chemicals can leach into food and cause a variety of health problems, including cancer, neurological disorders, and reproductive problems.

Bacterial contamination

Newspapers are often exposed to dirt, dust, and other contaminants during distribution. These contaminants can make their way into food and cause food poisoning.

Allergic reactions

Some people may be allergic to the chemicals in newspaper ink or to the paper itself. Eating food that has been wrapped in newspaper could trigger an allergic reaction.

What can you do to avoid the risks of eating food that has been wrapped in a newspaper?

Ask your food vendor not to wrap your food in newspaper.
If your food is already wrapped in newspaper, unwrap it and discard the newspaper before eating.

Use safe alternatives to newspapers for wrapping food, such as wax paper, parchment paper, or reusable food containers.

By following these tips, you can help protect your health and the health of your family.

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