Through a gazette notification dated 14 June 2016 the FSSAI has amended the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011. Before making the amendment the FSSAI had taken into consideration the objections and suggestions received from stakeholders when the notification was drafted and made available to the public on 12 April 2016. Once published in the official gazette the amendments will be called the Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Third Amendment Regulation, 2016 relating to Standards for cottonseed oil and rice bran Oil. They will also come into force on that date.
In the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, in regulation dealing with ‘Fats, Oils and Fat Emulsions’ (regulation 2.2) the FSSAI has proposed changes to the standards for Iodine Value in cottonseed oil. All other standards will remain the same.
- Previously the iodine value was from 98 to 112.
- According to the new amendment, the Iodine Value will now be from 98 to 123
The second amendment is also in the same regulation where a new standard has been added to the existing standards dealing with cottonseed oil blended with physically refined rice bran oil.
According to the amendment regulations, cottonseed oil shall not be “more than 4.0 percent by weight; provided that oryzanol content be minimum of 0.20% (by weight) with rice bran oil at 20% level and with an increment of 0.05% with every 5% rise in rice bran oil content in the blend
In simple terms, it means that in cottonseed blended with physically refined rice bran oil, cottonseed content cannot be more than 4 percent by weight if rice bran oil content in blended oil is 20 percent provided that the oryzanol content is a minimum of 0.20 percent in the admixture. The proportion of increment will be such that for every 0.05 percent increase of oryzanol there will be an increase of 5 percent of rice bran content in the blend.
According to regulations cottonseed oil has been defined as oil extracted from clean, sound delinted and decorticated cotton seeds (genus Gossypium). Whereas blended edible vegetable oil has been defined as an admixture of any two edible vegetable oils where the proportion by weight of any edible vegetable oil used in the admixture is not less than 20 per cent. .”