Other edible oil not to be blended with mustard oil as FSSAI cracks down on adulteration

Companies will be allowed to produce only pure mustard oil

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has taken a measure towards ensuring purity of the mustard oil by holding down on the blending of other edible oils with mustard oil.

The companies are currently allowed to mix 20 percent other edible oil in mustard oil. However the new regulation states that from October 1 companies will be allowed to produce only pure mustard oil.

The FSSAI collected 4,500 samples of edible oils in August across the country for quality testing. It was intended to curb the sale of adulterated cooking oil in the market. Around 50 samples were collected from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Kolkata, and six-eight samples each from cities and districts, other than the metros.

The regulator said it has decided to intensify the crackdown on the sale of adulterated edible oil with pan-India surveillance of edible oil for branded as well as unbranded oil samples. These samples were drawn from hypermarkets/supermarkets and retail and grocery stores. It also includes national and local brands.

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