FSSAI Issues Draft on Claims Made by Certain Edible Oils

FSSAI (Food Safety & Standards Authority of India) issued a draft regulation on claims made by certain edible oils and is seeking responses from stakeholders. The draft proposes to include claims in Schedule IIA which contains a List of Claims for Edible Vegetable Oils.  An example is safflower oil.  For safflower seed oil high-oleic acid, the claim included in regulations is “rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) that helps to maintain normal blood cholesterol levels”. The draft called Food Safety and Standards (Advertising & Claims) Amendment Regulations 2021, intends to elaborate on claims made by food businesses with respect to virgin coconut oil, chia oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil-high oleic acid, and safflower seed oil-high oleic acid.  The draft regulation should allow food companies to emphasize the benefits of certain edible oils while standardizing claims to provide consumer transparency.

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Posted on 19 October 2021