Public interest litigation was filed in India seeking to prohibit use of plastic pouches for food applications, claiming vinyl chloride threatens health; next hearing set for Feb. 9

LOS ANGELES , February 6, 2012 () – Prakash Kapadia has filed a public interest litigation that would ban the use of plastic pouches for food items in India, Daily News & Analysis reported Feb. 3.

During a Feb. 2 hearing in the high court, Kapadia claimed the plastic pouches contain vinyl chloride, which is harmful to human health.

According to the petition, the Central Institute of Plastic and Engineering and Technology (CIPET) were testing the pouches, which are commonly used to package milk, pan masala, gutkha, and other foods.

Kapadia was asked by the high court if any guidelines were issued by the Supreme Court on a petition with similar claims, and if the guidelines were breached.

A hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 9.

The primary source of this article is Daily News & Analysis, Mumbai, on Feb. 3, 2012.

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