India's health ministry has said that plastic PET bottles can be used as a container for medicines based on recommendations of a high-level committee that had vouched for their safety. But a more definitive decision could depend on the fate of a case in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the material over concerns that it may be hazardous for children and pregnant women. Junior health minister Faggan Singh Kulaste conveyed the government's view in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on August 5.Read more..
In late July, the American Chemistry Council released one of the most important studies that I can remember related to plastics. But I am afraid that the one thing people will remember is that plastics packaging is great for sirloin steak. The report is called Plastics and Sustainability: A Valuation of Environmental Benefits Costs and Opportunities for Continuous Improvement and it was prepared by a London-based firm called Trucost. Trucost is a data-driven organization that specializes in estimating the hidden costs of the unsustainable use of natural resources. The firm did a high-profile study for the United Nations Environment Program in 2014.Read more..
Government is conducting a study to ascertain whether the use of plastics for food packaging has any harmful impact on human health, Health Minister J P Nadda said today. He, however, said there is no harm if plastics are used as per the standards laid down by the regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI). There are various theories about it (plastics). We have not reached any conclusion. The study is still going on. If plastics are used within a level, then there is no danger, Nadda said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.Read more..
As India moves online, the winners of tomorrow will be companies that have a clear digital vision, the willingness to learn and innovate and the determination to take big, bold strides into the digital future. Companies that delay adopting a transformational strategy will face a reduced market, mind and wallet share among a burgeoning online consumer base. Most manufacturers of packaged consumer goods in India have acknowledged the digital opportunity, but their involvement has been largely tentative.Read more..
According to the Packaging Industries Association of India (PIAI), packaging is one of the fastest growing industry ranking 11th in the world -starting from packaging food, beverages, fruits, vegetables, drugs, medicines, to highly dangerous products and electronic items. India adapts highly advanced packaging techniques to improve the economy in terms of preservation and maintenanceof quality and prolonged shelf life. Since water became a consumer product, polymer bottles are becoming a universal occurrence. Therefore, the packaging industry growth has led to greater specialisation and sophistication from the human health point of view as well as environment-friendliness of packaging material.Read more..