Through a notice uploaded on the website FSSAI has called for suggestions, views, and comments from stakeholders regarding removal of ‘Boudouin test’ requirement for Blended edible Vegetable Oil and revision of special provisions relating to the sale of vanaspati in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011. The objections and suggestions are to reach the FSSAI within a period of 60 days from 13 July 2017.
In the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011 in the regulation ‘Sale of certain admixtures prohibited’ the FSSAI proposes to omit the following two provision which is given in italics below
- Provided further that in respect of a mixture of two or more edible oils as an edible oil a maximum tolerance of 15.0 red units in 1 cm. A cell of Lovibond scale is permitted when oil is tested for Boudouin test without dilution that is to say by shaking vigorously for 2 minutes, 5 ml. Of the sample with 5 ml. of the hydrochloric acid (specific gravity 1.19) and 0.3 ml. of 2 percent alcoholic solution of furfural and allowing to standing for 5 minutes.
- Provided further that in respect of a mixture of two or more edible oils as an edible oil a maximum tolerance limit of 10 red units in one cm. cell on Lovibond scale is permitted when the oil is tested for Halphen’s test without dilution, that is to say, by shaking 5 ml. of the sample with 5 ml. of sulphur solution (one per cent (w/v) solution of sulphur in carbon-di-sulphide mixed with equal volume of amyl alcohol), in a closed system (test tube 250 x 25 Cm.) heating in hot water (700C- 800C) for a few minutes with occasional shaking until carbon-di-sulphide is boiled off and the sample stops foaming and then placing the tube on saturated brine bath, capable of being regulated at 1100C-1150C for 2.5 hours
Secondly in the regulation ‘Prohibition and Restriction on sale of certain products’ in the category Special provisions relating to the sale of vegetable oil and fat the FSSAI proposes to substitute the existing clause with the following:
Vanaspati, Interesterified vegetable oil/fat, Bakery shortening, Bakery and
Industrial Margarine, Table Margarine, and Fat spreads shall be prepared from
any of the edible vegetable oils whose standards are prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 under the category FATS, OILS AND FAT EMULSIONS or any other edible vegetable oil with prior approval of the Food Authority.