NGT forms expert panel to suggest norms to restrict use of plastic packagingDate: 07 June 2019 Tags: Organizations
The National Green Tribunal has set up expert committee to probe whether there is need for further norms to restrict plastic packaging of food products. It was formed by bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel while hearing on petition filed by NGO Him Jagriti Uttaranchal Welfare Society seeking ban on the use of plastic bottle and multi-layered plastic packages and PET bottles.
About Expert committee
- It is mandated to probe if more norms are needed to restrict use of Plastic Packaging. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will be the nodal agency for coordination. It will submit its report within three months. It will have liberty to coopt any other expert/ institute or individual.
- Composition of committee: It will comprise representatives of FSSAI, Bureau of Indian Standards, Central Pollution Control Board and Directorate General of Health Services.
NGO Him Jagriti Uttaranchal Welfare Society in its petition of NGT has sought ban on the use of plastic bottle and multi-layered/plastic packages /pet bottles. In its plea, it had mentioned that use of plastics, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and multi-layered packs such as Tetra Packs, has an adverse impact on health and environment and it also results in increase in plastic waste. It also held that existing rules and regulations do not deal with the issue in entirety and are not adequate to deal with the problem. It specified that December 2018 notification by Ministry of Health under Section 92 of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 deals with issue of packaging mode of food but it ignores Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and Antimony in specific migration limits provided for plastic packaging. Moreover, Packaging and Labelling Regulations, 2018 under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 do not deal with the issue in entirety and are not adequate to deal with the problem.