No more blended Mustard oil for customers, companies to sell only pure mustard oil

The decision comes amidst the hike in prices of Mustard oil lately.

No more blended Mustard oil for customers, companies to sell only pure mustard oil

New Delhi: In what would bring further safety in consumption of Mustard oil, Food safety regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to clamp down on the blending of Mustard oil with other edible oils.

The decision comes amidst the hike in prices of Mustard oil lately, giving rise to speculations that the edible oil manufacturing may blend other edible oil with mustard oil. The government has given direction to the FSSAI to look into the matter. The companies are currently allowed to mix 20 percent other edible oil in mustard oil. However after the new regulation comes to force from October 1, companies will be allowed to produce only pure mustard oil.

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It may be noted that FSSAI had in August collected 4,500 samples of edible oils from across the country for quality testing. The move was aimed at curbing sale of adulterated cooking oils in the market.

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

At least 50 samples were collected from the metro cities -- Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata -- and 6-8 samples each from cities and districts, other than the metros.

(Reported by Vishwa Kumar)