Celebrity Nutritionist Calls for Plastic-Free Food Packaging from Swiggy and Zomato, Zomato Responds Positively

In a recent appeal to popular food delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato, celebrity integrative lifestyle expert Luke Coutinho urged the companies to switch from plastic containers to biodegradable, non-plastic packaging for their food deliveries. Coutinho’s request, posted on his Instagram handle, highlights the potential health risks associated with using plastic containers, especially for hot foods.

Coutinho emphasized that many people ensure their food is ordered from hygienic places that use quality ingredients. However, he pointed out that the type of container used for packaging is often overlooked, which can impact health negatively. He explained that the heat and steam from hot food can cause plastic containers to release harmful toxins like BPA, which can disrupt hormones, fertility, and overall health.

In his Instagram post, Coutinho wrote, “Swiggy, Zomato, Restaurants …Please work with your partners to ensure food deliveries happen in biodegradable non-plastic containers … many restaurants do this already, please make it uniform …deliver food and health….hot food in plastic is making people sicker… You’ll have the power to help make a change.”

He further explained the risks, stating, “People want their food on time so restaurants will cook your order on high heat and flame, destroying most ingredients, using more refined oil as a medium for fast cooking. From the pan/vessel, the food is transferred straight into a plastic container which is immediately covered with the cover retaining immense heat and steam. This heat starts to break down the plastic into dangerous BPA and other toxins that wreak havoc with the human body and hormones, fertility, estrogens etc. We need to move to biodegradable, non-plastic ASAP for better health and a better earth.”

Coutinho tagged Swiggy, Zomato, and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in his post, urging them to act on this issue. “@swiggyindia @zomato @fssai_safefood you’ll have the power to make this change and be part of a healthier India, respectfully request you’ll @swiggyindia @zomato and @fssai_safefood @fssai_group_of_india to work this out.”

While the post garnered attention from many, including actor Dia Mirza and producer Guneet Monga, it initially received no response from the delivery platforms. However, Zomato CEO Deepinder Goyal recently acknowledged the request. He replied, “Thanks Luke for bringing this up. We will do what we can – will highlight restaurants which use food-safe packaging, so customers can make a more conscious choice.”

In response, Coutinho posted again, expressing his gratitude, “Thank you @deepigoyal @zomato for acknowledging this and moving to action ….at the end of the day it’s about coming together with a vision to build a healthier country… thank you and me and my team are happy to help anytime. I wonder when @swiggyindia will decide to wake up and at least acknowledge participation.”

This dialogue marks a significant step towards healthier and safer food delivery practices, emphasizing the role of large platforms like Zomato and Swiggy in driving positive change.

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