Ex­perts against oil AVMs

Sale through au­to­mated ma­chines not a safe way

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - U. SUDHAKAR REDDY

Food safety ex­perts ap­pre­hend that the Food Safety and Stan­dards Author­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) or­der al­low­ing sale of ed­i­ble oil through Au­to­mated Vend­ing Ma­chines will not stop adul­ter­ation as claimed.

On May 24 an FSSAI or­der said that as ed­i­ble oil is not avail­able in small pack­ages, like sa­chets and pouches, at prices which are affordable to large sec­tions of con­sumers, the lat­ter tend to buy the prod­uct that is sold loose, which is of sus­pect qual­ity.

Au­to­mated tam­per proof vend­ing ma­chines (AVMs) will thus pro­vide good qual­ity ed­i­ble oil to these small con­sumers and re­duce unau­tho­rised sale. FSSAI direc­tor (reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance) S.K. Ya­dav said that the oil made avail­able through AVMs will be packed in a man­ner which is tam­per proof and ad­heres to pack­ag­ing and la­belling reg­u­la­tions.

Chief pub­lic an­a­lyst of TS and AP Food Lab­o­ra­tory N Ravin­dra said that usu­ally dairy prod­ucts like milk are sold in ATMs by the fed­er­a­tions and de­part­ments con­cerned. "But here, if pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als or shops are sell­ing oil through AVMs, there is a pos­si­bil­ity of adul­ter­ation as there is no spe­cific depart­ment to check them. We have been re­ceiv­ing around 150 sam­ples of ed­i­ble oil for adul­ter­ation checks ev­ery month and sev­eral cases turn out to be adul­ter­ated.”

He added that the most com­mon vi­o­la­tion is ex­ag­ger­ated claims by the com­pa­nies that sell the oil. “We have asked sev­eral of the ma­jor brands to re­move the ex­ag­ger­ated claims, such as, oil is good for health. They were also asked to print the con­tents, in­clud­ing sat­u­rated fatty acids, on the la­bel. Many of them have re­moved and some of them are yet to do. The act clearly says that ed­i­ble oil sell­ers make ex­ag­ger­ated claims about the health im­pact of the oils.”

GHMC food safety in­spec­tors say that the or­der says that the ma­chines must be tam­per proof, but it is dif­fi­cult to en­sure that they are tam­per proof when AVMs have come up in ev­ery nook and cor­ner of the city.

A food in­spec­tor on con­di­tion of anonymity said, “Ed­i­ble oil adul­ter­ation has in­creased a lot. Sale of loose ed­i­ble oil was banned ear­lier, but due to po­lit­i­cal pres­sure, traders are al­lowed to sell loose oil in cer­tain ar­eas.”

Oil made avail­able through AVMs will be packed in a man­ner which is tam­per proof and ad­heres to pack­ag­ing and la­belling reg­u­la­tions.

— S.K. YA­DAV SSAI direc­tor (reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance)

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.