Wrapping eatables items in newspaper is bad for your health as the ink used in the newspaper has different bioactive materials with known negative health effects
“Wrapping food items in newspapers is a bad practice and eating of such food is harmful to health, even if that food has been cooked hygienically,” the Food, Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) said on Friday in an advisory.
“The inks used for printing may also contain harmful pigments, colors, binders, additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical pollutant, pathogenic micro organisms are also present in used newspapers that can poses potential risk to human health”
The FSSAI said that also paper/cardboard carton made of recycled paper may be contaminated with harmful materials like Phthalate which can cause digestive complications and also lead to severe health problems.
“Old age peoples, youngster, children and people with compromised vital organs and immunity systems are at a greater risk of getting cancer-related health complications, if they are exposed to food packed in such material. The advisory comes after Health Minister, J.P. Nadda’ s directions to the food regulatory authority against the practice of wrapping and covering eatables in newspapers in India. Speaking in this regard J.P Nadda said: “It has been observed that vendors have been using newspapers in packing and serving food items, which is harmful. I urge the public to prevent the vendors from doing so.”
According to the advisory board, the Commissioners of Food Safety of every States/Union Territories will initiate systematic campaigns for creating awareness among all the stakeholders to avoid the use of newspapers for packing, serving and storing food items.