The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has placed a ban on the disposable cups and plates which are made of Styrofoam after a team of scientists declared the material as unsafe for packing food items.
The PFA has made a draft for the Packaging Material Regulation 2018 and it announced the sale of food in non-food grade material would be banned throughout the province.
Materials including the single-layer Styrofoam and newspapers have been announced to be illegal in the aforementioned draft for being used as the packaging material for food items. The draft suggested that the plastic and other packaging material should be printed with the non-absorbent ink and that the glue should be made of only halal animal sources for adhesive purposes in food packaging.
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The bill mentioned that a three-layered plastic bag should be used for the making of ghee and oil products.
The suggested law also made it a must to recycle nineteen litres of water bottles after every fortieth time they are used. The law would be presented at the upcoming board meeting of the authority for seeking the approval and following announcement.
Previously, the scientific panel had stated that the disposable Styrofoam cups and plates as unsafe. It also instructed that the use of Styrofoam cups and plates to be banned as they could cause cancer.
The PFA authorities said that unsafe and unhealthy packaging material would be banned once the proposed law is approved.
Noorul Amin Mengal—the Director PFA in the meantime conducted a meeting with the snacks industry owners and asked them to make sure that quality of food items is maintained. He told them to prepare all the products as per the law following the hygiene principles.
The DG added that they are trying to make sure that the industry maintains standard in food preparations and also is managing workshops for training to make sure that hygiene is practised. He instructed the owners to get their workers qualified from the training schools built in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Multan within a span of six months until 15th October.
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