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India, a country located in South Asia, is identified with its commercial wealth for much of its long history.  Its economy is the world 10th largest by GDP (nominal) and is one of the fastest growing major economies with an average annual GDP growth rate of over 6%.

As a result with this growth, the quality of life among the Indian middle-class had also risen, leading to the need of higher-end merchandises and services.  Better commodities at home had led many major brands to target this booming market.

In India, Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the national standard body of India to publish various mandatory Indian Standards (IS) to cover different product categories.

The safety of materials and articles in contact with food is governed by certain Indian Standards where products shall comply with the respective requirements for import.

Some examples on Indian Standards for food contact materials are:

           standard                                      applicable material
IS 21 Aluminium and aluminium alloy
IS 9806 Ceramic, glass
IS 9833 Colorants for plastics
IS 10910 PP
IS 10146 PE
IS 10151 PVC
IS 10142 PS
IS 12247 Nylon-6
IS 12252 PET, PBT
IS 12490 Glassine paper
IS 13601 EVA

For plastic materials, the tests involved in the Indian Standards commonly include overall migration and other substances content such as catalyst residuals from production.

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