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Food Safety department cracks whip on edible oil sellers

29,June, 2017

The Food Safety department has confiscated 4030 litres of oil, supposed to be food grade, after detecting shortcomings in details furnished on labels.

In raids conducted across the district, the department took 298 edible oil samples from manufacturers and traders in re-packaging business and, after finding 121 to be defective, registered 24 cases against offenders.

At a recent review meeting chaired by District Collector S.Prabakar in the wake of the raids by Food Safety officials and follow-up action, edible oil manufacturers and traders in re-packaging business in the district were warned of stringent action if they were caught conducting business without obtaining license under Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.

Printed labels on the oil packets must contain complete details of brand, oil type, vegetarian symbol, address of manufacturer, batch number, quantity, price, use by date, and break up of nutrition, Dr. Prabakar said, adding that two types of oil could be blended and sold only with Agmark certification.

Designated Officer for Food Safety and Drug Administration T.Kalaivani and subordinate officials took stock of the extent of conformity of manufacturers and traders to the requirement of prominently displaying the inscription on packets containing lamp oil that it is not fit for consumption.

There was no need to mention the FSSAI license number for lamp oil, the officials explained.

In the event of detection of malpractices, the department has invited the public to pass on information over Whatsapp (9444042322) and landline 0424 2223545.

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