People don’t find it a big deal when they grab a food item wrapped in newspapers usually in a hurry or just due to an ignorance casually converted into a habit because of the fact that not all street side vendors can afford to offer high quality disposable carrybags.
But you should stop having food items wrapped in newspapers from this very moment. Okay, if you don’t take me seriously, read what the Food Safety And Standards Authority Of India has to say.
FSSAI on Friday said that food items wrapped in newspapers is bad for human health as its ink has multiple bio-active materials which is known to have negative effects in human health.
“Wrapping food in newspapers is an unhealthy practice and the consumption of such food is injurious to health, even if the food has been cooked hygienically,” – FSSAI
The advisory given by the FSSAI states :
Printing inks may also contain harmful colours, pigments, binders, additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical contaminants, presence of pathogenic micro organisms in used newspapers also poses potential risk to human health.
Not only newspaper, the FSSAI also said that even paper orcardboard boxes which are made from recycled paper may be contaminated with harmful chemicals like phthalate which can lead to severe toxicity and several digestive problems.
Older people, teenagers, children and people with compromised vital organs and immune systems are at a greater risk of acquiring cancer-related health complications, if they are exposed to food packed in such material.
The advisory came after Health Minister J.P. Nadda’s directed the food regulatory authority against the practice of wrapping and covering food items in newspapers in India.
According to the advisory, the Commissioners of Food Safety of all States/Union Territories will start systematic campaigns for creating awareness among all the stakeholders to discourage the use of newspapers for the purpose of packing, storing or serving food items