The FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations 2011 through its Sub regulation 2.2.1(24) highlights and specifies the standards for Multi source edible oils. It has been stated that an admixture of any two edible vegetable oils where the proportions by weight of any edible vegetable oil used in the admixture shall be less than 20 per cent. The individual oils in the blend should be in compliance with the standards prescribed in the regulations.
Sub regulation 2.1.1 of the FSS (Prohibition and Restriction on sale) Regulations 2011 states that notwithstanding the provision of 2.7 of labeling and packaging regulations, no person shall either by himself or by any servant or agent sell –(11) Any multi source edible vegetable oil containing mustard oil manufactured on or after 8th June 2021.
It is clarified that restrictions are not applicable to a blend of edible oils intended to be used as an intermediate product (ingredient pre-mix) in the manufacture of other products by other food businesses. In compliance with the following conditions;
- Such a blend of multiple edible oils should not be sold in the retail market and a clarification by a food business operator to this effect (such as ‘Not for retail sale’ / “For use as a pre-mix in formulating a product’) should be suitably identifiable with the product.
- Both the manufacturer and user of such ingredient pre-mix shall maintain all records in respect of their inventory and produce the inventory records as and when sought by the Food Authority.
- It is also clarified that such blends, since intended for intermediary use, shall be licensed under Category 99 (99.1).