FSSAI, the Indian Food Authority, has issued an order regarding operationalisation of the standards of crude corn (maize) oil in the FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011.
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According to the FSSAI, the order to operationalise standards of crude corn oil was done to allow the food businesses to import crude corn oil.
“The draft amendment regulation is already notified on the FSSAI website for public comment. Meanwhile, to allow the FBOs to import crude corn oil, it has been decided to operationalise the provisions of the proposed draft amendment with immediate effect,” reads the order issued by the FSSAI.
The amendment proposed that in the FSS (Food Products and Food Additives) Regulations, after the sub-regulation 2.2.8 related to peroxide value of oils and fats, sub regulation 2.2.9 shall be inserted as ‘Crude Solvent Extracted Corn (Maize) Oil’.
The proposed regulation lays standards for corn oil as moisture % by weight at 0.25 max, refractive index of 1.4637-1.4675 at 40 degrees, 187-195 Saponification value, 103-128 Iodine value, 8.0 max Acid value, 2.5% by weight unsaponifiable matter and Flashpoint Penskey Martens (closed) mini 100 degree centigrade.
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Earlier, the Food Safety and Standards Authority has also issued a direction to food safety departments of all the states for ensuring compliance with respect to the provisions of labelling of Multi Sourced Edible Oil (MSEO). The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has stated in its order that the provision should be checked and verified for compliance and an action taken report should be submitted to the food authority in this regard. The order added that action must be initiated against the violators.