FSSAI issues draft elaborating on claims made by certain edible oils

FSSAI issues draft elaborating on claims made by certain edible oils

The food regulator has solicited feedback from stakeholders on a draught of regulations regarding the claims made by certain edible oils.

The draught Food Safety and Standards (Advertising and Statements) Amendment Regulations, 2021, proposes to clarify claims made by food enterprises about virgin coconut oil, chia oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil-high oleic acid, and safflower seed oil-high oleic acid.

The draught proposed adding claims to Schedule IIA that contained a List of Edible Vegetable Oils Claims.

The FBOs may use the claim "contains medium chain fatty acids that are easily metabolised" for Virgin Coconut Oil, while the claim "rich in Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-3 PUFA, Alpha linolenic acid)" for Chia Oil. Alpha linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.

FBOs may use Avocado Oil because it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. They may also use Sunflower seed Oil-High Oleic Acid because it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which help maintain normal blood cholesterol levels, and contains tocopherols, a natural antioxidant.

And for Safflower Seed Oil-High Oleic Acid, the regulatory claim is, "Rich in MonoUnsaturated Fatty Acid (MUFA) that aids in maintaining appropriate blood cholesterol levels."

According to the regulations, the claim statements provided may be used on labels or advertisements, while the terms such as Rich, Contains shall comply with the conditions specified in Schedules-I of the Advertisement and Claims Regulations of 2018, provided that Food Business Operators may choose to use the same or similar terms in the claim statements as provided in the regulations.