The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently released an amendment draft in order to add the term ‘multi sourced edible oil’ in the prohibition and restriction on sales regulations under the Food Safety & Standards (FSS) Act.
Regulation 2.3 of Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations, 2011 deals with the “Prohibition and Restriction on sale of certain products.” Further, in Sub-Regulation 2.3.14 that deals with restrictions relating to conditions for sale, the words “Multi Source Edible Vegetable Oil” which is mentioned in Clause 11 shall be substituted with the words “Multi Source Edible Oil”, wherever they occur.”
The regulation shall be referred to as the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Amendment Regulations, 2021.
Post amendment, the regulation would read as follows – “The Multi Source Edible Oil shall not be sold in loose form. It shall be sold in a sealed package weighing not more than 15 Kilograms. The container having Multi Source Edible Oil shall be tamper proof. It shall also not be sold under the common or generic name of the oil used in the blend but shall be sold as – Multi Source Edible Oil. The sealed package shall be sold or offered for sale only under Agmark certification mark bearing the label declarations as provided in the Regulations, besides other labelling requirements under the Regulation.”
Earlier, the FSSAI had issued a direction for revision in the nomenclature of ‘Blended Edible Oil’ that was renamed as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’ and now is being referred to as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Oil’.
The apex food regulator removed the term ‘vegetable’ after it received a representation from the stakeholders, who had expressed their concerns on the requirement for labeling as well as the alignment of such a huge nomenclature namely (Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil) on the packages.