The FSSAI has issued an order dated 23 June, 2021 with clarification regarding Prohibition of the Multi source edible vegetable oil containing Mustard Oil manufactured on or after 8 June, 2021.
The FSSAI has drawn reference to its earlier notification dated 8 March 2021 and in pursuance of the aforementioned order the FSSAI had issued another notification dated 8 June 2021. In its notification dated March 8, the FSSAI had prohibited the blending of mustard oil for production of Multi-Sourced Edible Vegetable Oils (MSEVOs) which was to be effective from 8 June, 2021.
The FSSAI had issued the order dated 8 June 2021 for carrying out inspection drive to ensure the effective enforcement of the prohibition. The FSSAI had requested all the Commissioners of Food Safety of all States and UTs and Central Licensing Authority to carry out inspection drives of all such units, which were hitherto licensed for the production of BEVO/MSEVO.
Now in continuation of the order dated 8 June 2021, the FSSAI has clarified in its order dated 23 June. 2021 that the said inspection drive is to be carried out to ensure that there is no sale of Multi-sourced Edible vegetable oil containing Mustard Oil manufactured on or after 8 June 2021 in the domestic market. However, there is no ban on exports.
Blending of Mustard Oil
It was in 1990 that the Union Health Ministry had allowed the blending in edible vegetable oil. As per the FSSAI regulations, blending of two edible oils is permitted, provided the proportion by weight of any edible vegetable oil used in the blending process is not less than 20 per cent.
The Apex Food Regulator, FSSAI, has now banned the blending of mustard oil, where other oils like palm, rice bran, etc., could no longer be blended in mustard oil. With the prohibition on mixing of any other oil in mustard oil, the demand of pure mustard oil could increase and could lead to an increase in growth of mustard farming.
Since mustard oil can no longer be blended, adulteration of mustard oil could also be contained. Mustard oil is often adulterated with argemone oil so as to increase the quantity. Argemone adulterated mustard oil can lead to a disease called dropsy.
Source : FSSAI