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Nowadays, aluminum due to its intrinsic, strength to weight ratio, electrical, versatile properties of lightness and nontoxicity has been used immensely in making kitchenware, electric Conductor and railway wagon to Apollo spacecraft. Aluminum foil is considered to be a good source of packaging material as it results in longer shelf-life of end products.
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In terms of Packaging, an aluminum foil, a thin sheet of metal has been used immensely. It is considered an absolute barrier against moisture, bacteria, molds, odors, and gases.
Owing to the use of foil in various products, the growth of this industry has been increased in the recent past. India is considered to be one of the key producers of aluminum foil in the region. It is the 275th most traded product in the world. The change in food habits due to a busy lifestyle, growing demand for ready to eat confectionaries and pharmaceutical products has increased the demand for this industry.
FSSAI has played an important role in the growth of this industry, by making the regulation, which made mandatory for the manufacturer for an effective packaging solution that prevents the food from being contaminated.
The market for aluminum foil has been segmented into the following ways:
As per the analysis, the aluminum foil packaging market was valued at USD 18.912 billion in 2017 whereas, it is expected to reach around the value of USD 23.166 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of about 3.27% during 2018-2023.
In regard of this packaging, the prosperity of the market is a reflection of a number of factors, such as high preference for convenience packaging, growing demand for extended shelf-life of packaged food, the popularity of ready-to-eat meals and processed food, and growing usage in pharmaceutical products and confectionaries.
Read More: New Food Packaging Regulations Which You Must Be Aware Of.
In India, the consumption of such foil sheet is growing fast because of the increasing middle class with growing disposable income and strong economic growth. As per the analysis, it has been found out that, India has imported 1, 20,133 tonnes of aluminum foils in 2015, whereas it has been increased to 1, 42,603 tonnes in 2016.It has been forecasted that in the first, eleven months of 2017, the volume of import has been increased to total at 1,48,655 tonnes.
In the case of export, it has been found that India has exported approximately 14,512 tons of Aluminum Foil, which has been increased to a total of around 16, 448 tonnes in 2016. In terms of export it has also been forecasted that, in the first eleven months of 2017, it will increase around 16,035 tonnes.
Aluminum Foil is imported under HS Code 76071190, 76072090, 76071999 in the following manner:
Basic Customs Duty – 7.5%
Total Duty- 26.85%c
As a part of the natural digestion process, traces of aluminum get expelled from the body from the food which we eat, but in case, if the amount gets less expelled than ingested, then it will cause toxicity which will in return affect the health of a consumer.
The intake of aluminum above the prescribed limit is harmful to the people suffering from bone diseases. As per WHO, daily intake of aluminum of 40mg per kilogram of body weight is within safe limits. Thus, the migration of aluminum into food during the cooking process of food wrapped in aluminum foil is above the prescribed limit.
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