FSSAI launches 2-week long drive to check adulteration in edible oils

In a statement, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said the campaign is to “check adulteration in edible oils, presence of trans-fatty acids in hydrogenated oils and to crack down on the sale of loose edible oil in the country.”

Food regulator FSSAI has launched a nation-wide campaign to check adulteration in edible oils during August 1-14.

In a statement, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said the campaign is to “check adulteration in edible oils, presence of trans-fatty acids in hydrogenated oils and to crack down on the sale of loose edible oil in the country.”

The commissioners of food safety of all states/UTs have been directed to lift surveillance samples of these products in a staggered manner from the markets so that the sample base is wide and representative of all Food Business Operators (FBOs)/brands being sold therein.

“In case of sale of loose edible oils, seizure in accordance with the provisions of FSS Act, 2006 and Rules/Regulations will be made immediately on the spot,” it said.

The regulator emphasised that failure of any surveillance sample will be immediately followed by drawing of regulatory samples to take legal action against such FBOs.

As per the latest reports received from 15 states/UTs, 279 samples of edible oils (single oil as a constituent), vanaspati and sale of multi-source edible oils have been drawn.

Separately, edible oil manufacturers, packers, and importers were recently asked to pack the commodity without mentioning the temperature at which it was packed and advised them to ensure that the quantity declared on the package in volume or mass is correct.

Deputy Director (Legal Metrology) under the Department of Consumer Affairs in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution in a letter to all the States said that the edible oil manufacturers should be advised to correct their labelling net quantity within the next six months.
Since temperature and density are inversely proportional, the volume is constant, the consumer may be cheated when the packaging mentions a higher temperature, Legal Metrology said.

Edible oil industry body the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India had brought the notice of the Legal Metrology about some edible oil companies resorting to an unfair practice by packing 1-litre pack at a higher temperature than room temperature (30 degrees C) thereby offering lesser weight to the consumer.

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  • Aditi baing
    August 3, 2022

    Hello sir/ ma’am,. Is this online or offline

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