FSSAI has concluded the nationwide campaign against adulteration in edible oils (single oil as a constituent), trans-fatty acids, and the sale of Multi-Source Edible Oils without proper labeling. This massive surveillance drive was carried out between 01 August 2022 to 14 August 2022 across the country with a total of 4845 surveillance samples of vegetable oils, multi-source edible oils, vanaspati, etc., across 35 States/ UTs.
The Commissioners of Food Safety in all States/UTs were to lift surveillance samples of these products in a staggered manner from the markets so that the sample base is representative of all Food Business Operators (FBOs)/ Brands being sold therein.
During this fortnightly campaign, all state/UTs Food Safety Departments carried out intensive surveillance to track down the delinquent FBOs. Who were selling adulterated edible oils or loose edible oils. Further, as a specific focus of the campaign to check the sale of oil in the country, a huge quantity of loose edible oil, 27,500 liters, was seized across the country during the inspection.
The samples, were then sent to accredited food testing laboratories for swift analysis. The results are expected in the next few days. A suspected case of adulteration, would be followed by an immediate drawing of regulatory samples to take legal action against such FBOs. According to the provisions of the FSS Act, 2006 and rules/regulations made thereunder.
The campaign was monitored by all State Food Safety Commissioners and FSSAI at the highest level. The daily updates were provided by the States/UTs via press release. It also reflected the seriousness of the efforts of the Government to come down heavily upon the FBOs, indulging in any adulteration in the edible oils. Further massive sensitization and promotional activities were conducted by the States/UTs across channels, including print and digital media to spread general awareness about the issue of adulteration.