Gazette Notification of FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Fourteenth Amendment Regulations, 2017 regarding standards for Oils and Fat

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has notified Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Fourteenth Amendment Regulation, 2017 in the official gazette of India w.r.t oils and fats. In these regulations, new standards for Virgin Coconut Oil and Peanut Butter have been included and renaming of Linseed Oil as Flaxseed/Linseed Oil has been done to remove the confusion created amongst the consumers due to name. Furthermore, the parameter ‘Acid Value’ in standards of Palm oil and Palm kernel oil has been changed to Free Fatty acid value (%) (expressed as Palmitic Acid) and (expressed as Lauric Acid) respectively and the limits of the same (free fatty acid) have been revised to not more than 10.0 so as to reflect the naturally occurring changes in the product during the period from harvest to its reception at oil mill. These regulations have been finalised after consideration of the comments received from the stakeholders in this respect and shall immediately come in to force on the date of notification in the Official gazette of India