Loose Ed­i­ble Oils Adul­ter­ation in most sam­ples from 14 states

Consumer Voice - - Comparative Test -

En­sur­ing the au­then­tic­ity of ed­i­ble oil has been a per­sis­tent prob­lem. Wher­ever there is a com­mod­ity that has ei­ther high value or high-vol­ume sales, some peo­ple may be tempted to profit from il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity. Food fraud usu­ally in­volves mis­lead­ing the pur­chaser as to the true na­ture, sub­stance, or qual­ity of the prod­uct; in such cases, food stan­dards and la­belling are breached. The of­fence can be termed as adul­ter­ation, which gen­er­ally in­volves the di­lu­tion of a com­mod­ity with less ex­pen­sive ma­te­ri­als. Adul­ter­ation has been a prob­lem in the oil and fat in­dus­try for a long time. It is some­times done de­lib­er­ately and oc­ca­sion­ally it is accidental. Gen­er­ally ex­pen­sive oil is adul­ter­ated with the cheaper one. Con­sumers are thus not only cheated, they also be­come vul­ner­a­ble to dis­eases. It goes with­out say­ing that information and knowl­edge about the com­mon adul­ter­ants and their ef­fects on health will be a pri­mary ba­sis on which the bat­tle against adul­ter­ation will have to be won. Information and ad­e­quate pre­cau­tions on the part of the con­sumer will save them the many reper­cus­sions of us­ing adul­ter­ated stuff. In a ma­jor ex­er­cise, Team tested 1,015 sam­ples of loose ed­i­ble oil on both qual­ity and safety parameters. A se­ries of tests were car­ried out to check for pos­si­ble adul­ter­ation. While the find­ings them­selves may not come as a shocker—the sus­pi­cions were al­ways there, they should be a call to ac­tion not only for con­sumers but also for gov­ern­ments and man­u­fac­tur­ers.

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