Strictly enforce ban on sale of loose cooking oil: Centre to states

The consumer affairs ministry has directed states to strictly enforce the ban on sale of loose cooking oil – a move that industry has welcomed.

The ministry has written to the states saying there were many complaints that loose oil was being sold by retailers, failing to comply with quality norms. It wants oil to be sold only in packets of prescribes sizes.

“In this regard, I would like to bring to your notice that the second schedule of the legal metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 that edible oil sold as pre packaged commodity be sold only in certain predefined sizes. The department has also issued advisories to the Controller of Legal Metrology asking them to ensure compliance to the Legal Metrology Rules,” Nidhi Khare, additional secretary of consumer affairs ministry wrote in the letter.

She also asked states to ensure prevention of the reuse of tin and plastic containers for edible oils and fats.

The industry has welcomed the decision.

Solvent Extractors” Association of India (SEA) executive director B V Mehta told ET that the decision was long pending and it will go a long way in curbing adulteration in edible oil.

“Loose oil sales in India is officially banned for many years now but somehow, the law has never been implemented. Now we have a hope that officials will be accountable to curb this menace,” he said.

“By selling packaged oil, traceability is ensured as the label mentions the name as well as other details of the manufacturer. No one would want his fair name to be tarnished,” he added.

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The cost of packaging in India is also very low at Rs 3-4 per kg for delivering scientifically packed oil to consumers, Mehta said.


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