India is the number one milk-producing country globally and provides almost 20 percent of global milk production. The per capita expenditure of milk in India has developed from 176 grams per day in 1990-91 to 322 grams per day by 2014-15. It was higher than the world average of 294 grams per day through 2013. Govt has taken many actions to improve the dairy food industry. The demand for milk and milk products is vast in India as compared to the entire world. This business is best for entrepreneurs to investigate more opportunities and come up with innovative ideas. Export of milk from India is also in a rising trend,
Best source of Milk Products:
Dairy products or milk of many types (including whole milk, buttermilk, skim milk), cheese, yogurt (like. Swiss cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar cheese), and ice cream are dairy products. Of all milk products, milk, yogurt, and cheese are the best sources of calcium.
FSSAI Guidelines for Milk products Packaging
The FSSAI has announced particular guidelines to ensure the safe packaging of essential milk products. Advanced in technology over the last few years introduces new methods of packaging and innovative machines offering auto packaging of items. The recent innovations in the packaging field are efficient and help protect the milk and milk products for a longer duration.
Many packaging materials popular for storage of milk and milk products include cans, pouches, cartons, bottles, or tetra packs. Soft pouches are the most preferred form of packaging because of easy handling, environmental-friendly, and cost-effectiveness.
Thermoformed plastic bottle is also a superior packaging solution. It gives protection to the milk kept inside from wide variations in temperature and exposure to Ultra Violet rays.
FSSAI, make sure that the procedures ®ulations are following the food packaging Safety and Standards. The key focus continues to eliminate the options of changing the package’s contents without tampering with the pack. Each packet that is ready for sale to the end customer fulfills the food packaging regulations in India.
Milk and Milk Product related packaging guidelines from FSSAI
- Filling of milk into containers should be mechanically done, and also sealing of containers should be carried out automatically.
- Sealing must be done immediately after filling and at the same place where the last heat treatment test has been carried out. The sealing of goods must be done using a sealing device to guarantee that milk remains preserved from any unprecedented adverse effects of external origin.
- Since milk is a fresh dairy product, the packaging or wrapping, once used, may not be reused for other products. The exemption is offered for those containers where the re-use of the container is safe/secure and would not impact consumer health.
- It’s compulsory to put milk and milk products in a particular room provided for storage immediately after the packaging is done.
FSSAI Purpose behind Change in Packaging
With the change in milk packaging from glass bottles to majestic cans and packs, the updated guidelines are governed by the following changes.
- The changing customer habits demand user-friendly packaging with reusability.
- Ecological factors and keeping the environment into consideration.
- The cost of production and the introduction of new techniques.
The Shelf Life and Packaging
The shelf life of milk products is not governed by FSSAI directly, but FBOs must provide detailed information on the product’s stability and shelf life.
Sufficient consumption of calcium is important for growth in childhood and preventing diseases like osteoporosis in adulthood. Research proof points to an association between reduced calcium intake and osteoporosis. People are becoming aware of such information and considering milk intake as their daily routine. Milk intake awareness is rising high, which makes milk and milk-related products demand high in the market. This increased demand gives entrepreneurs an idea to think over this industry.