Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulation 2017 regarding inclusion of fatty acid composition for various edible vegetables oils

The draft FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulation, 2017, incorporates in the standards for edible oils, their fatty acid compositions , thereby paving the way for determination of the authenticity of the edible oils. Since the fatty acid composition is different for each edible oil, this amendment will go a long way in exposing and curbing two malpractices in the edible oil sector: adulteration of expensive oils with cheaper oils and misleading label claims on the composition of blended oils. In other words, the amendment will help in determining the authenticity of the oil in cases of adulteration and quantification of proportion of oils used in blended oils.