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FSSAI notifies amended norms; includes definition of raw edible oils
Wednesday, 24 November, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has notified the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fifth Amendment Regulations, 2021, to include the definition of raw edible oils.

According to the notified regulations, “Raw edible oils” are obtained by mechanical procedures e.g., expelling and pressing, with or without application of heat. The expelled/pressed oil may be purified by washing with water, settling, filtering and centrifuging. No processing aid shall be used. Such oils are fit for human consumption and they shall conform to the provisions mentioned under sub-regulation 2.2.1 prescribed for specific vegetable oil except the standards laid down under regulation 2.2.1 (16).

Besides, the regulations fixed the refractive index of Coconut Oil at “1.4480- 1.4500”.

The food business operators were asked to comply with all the provisions of these regulations by June 1, 2022.

Meanwhile, relating to “Jam, Fruit Jellies and Marmalades” the notified regulations say that the total soluble solid content, in the case of jams shall not be less than 65 per cent by mass content and not less than 60 per cent by mass content, in case of jellies and marmalades.

“To be called as a reduced sugar product, Jam, Jellies and marmalades shall not have TSS more than 45 per cent by mass content,” read the notification.

Further, the regulations also prescribe standards for dehydrated vegetables. The regulations say that for all dehydrated vegetables, the moisture content should not be more than 8%,  not more than 0.5% acid insoluble ash with a negative peroxide test.

Similarly, for powders of all vegetables, the moisture should not be more than 5%, not more than 0.5% acid insoluble ash and negative peroxide test.
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