July 5, 2018
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed to make it mandatory for manufacturers of blended oils to mention the exact blend in percentage terms on the front of the pack along with other labelling modifications. This is a move to give consumers an informed choice.
Palm oil, soy oil and sunflower oil are expected to penetrate regional markets further in the future, with the packaged edible oil segment leading the way for future growth of the industry. In this context, the regulator feels it is essential for consumers to be aware of what they are purchasing and consuming. .
Besides, the draft changes, FSSAI has also initiated discussions with the Indian Biodiesel Association for setting up an ecosystem for collection of used cooking oil and its conversion into biodiesel.
The food regulator also said that such oil packs must also carry declaration “Blended Edible Vegetable Oil” in a font size not less than 5mm and not less than 10 mm if the net quantity is more than 1 litre. Also packages of such blended oil will also have to declare in bold “NOT TO BE SOLD LOOSE”.
The move comes in the wake of increasing vegetable oil consumption in India driven by economic growth and rising disposable income. According to a recent report, India’s vegetable oil consumption is expected to grow by 3 per cent annually to exceed 34 million tonnes by 2030. The country’s vegetable oil consumption was at 23 million tonnes in 2017.
The proposal is part of the draft regulation notified by FSSAI, which has suggested changes to the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.