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IIP to design new meals packaging method

The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) has announced plans to design a method for packaging mid-day meals distributed by state governments across India. The new packaging is expected to keep food warm and hygienic.

IIP director and principal executive officer Saha told PTI that since the food is made in one place and is distributed to places around, the institute planned to come up with a new packaging that keeps the food warm as it reaches the child.

"None has approached us yet. Since mid-day meals was one of the 20 points in the Prime Minister’s list, we are doing the research in collaboration with IIT in Mumbai," Saha added.

The institute said the research is being performed on request by the food processing ministry, which saw a huge potential in tender coconut business for domestic as well as for exports. Research will also be conducted on the method for packing tender coconut and meat.

IIP further plans to use jute and bamboo, the natural fibre products as an alternative for wood in packaging as they are believed to be good for packaging.