FSSAI has issued a notification dated 26 October, 2020 about the Gazette Notification on Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on sales) Third Amendment Regulations, 2020 related to limit of Total Polar Compounds in unused/fresh vegetable oil/fat.
The copies of the said Gazette were made available to the public on the 16th July, 2019 and after taking into consideration the objections and suggestions received from the public in respect of the said draft regulations the FSSAI has made the following regulations further to amend the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011.
These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Third Amendment Regulations, 2020. They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official Gazette. Food Business Operators shall comply with the provisions of these regulations on or before the 1st July, 2021.
In the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, in regulation in 2.3 Prohibition and Restriction on sale of certain products the FSSAI has added the following clause in sub-regulation 2.3.15: Special provisions relating to sale of vegetable oil and fat
- The Total Polar Compounds in unused or fresh vegetable oil or fat shall not be more than 15% and used vegetable oil or fat having developed Total Polar Compounds more than 25% shall not be used.”
About Total Polar Compounds (TPC)
Deep frying method in food preparation is considered to be the oldest and most common process. However, the repeated use of oil at high temperatures results in changes in the physical, chemical, nutritional and sensory properties. The chemical reactions during the frying process result in the formation of compounds. Therefore, there is a need to continuously test for acceptable limits of TPCs in used oil and fats. Testing for TPCs is considered as the best indicator of the quality of the oil and fats and higher content of TCPs in deep fried foods can have a negative impact on human health.
Source : FSSAI