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FSSAI Notification On Claims For Edible Vegetable Oil

FSSAI released a Draft Notification for amendment in Advertisement and Claims regulations called Food Safety and Standards (Advertising and Claims) First Amendment Regulations, 2019 on March 8, 2019.The food authority came out with this draft as edible vegetable oil manufacturers are making irritational and non-evidence based claims on the label of the product. In the […]

FSSAI released a Draft Notification for amendment in Advertisement and Claims regulations called Food Safety and Standards (Advertising and Claims) First Amendment Regulations, 2019 on March 8, 2019.The food authority came out with this draft as edible vegetable oil manufacturers are making irritational and non-evidence based claims on the label of the product.

In the new amendment, FSSAI included in regulation 7(2) a, the following:

  • Claims including nutrient function claims for edible vegetable oils may be made as provided in Schedule – VI
  • To make these claims the specific nutrient in the food must provide the minimum amount of energy specified” has been removed from the Protein ‘Source’ and ‘Rich/High’ claims criteria under Schedule I
  • Schedule VI for List of Claims for Edible Vegetable Oils has been introduced

Schedule – VI

List of Claims for Edible Vegetable Oils

S. No. Edible Vegetable Oil Claims
1. Coconut Oil Contains medium-chain fatty acids that are easily metabolized.
2. Corn Oil • Rich in Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6 PUFA, linoleic acid)

• Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps to lower  plasma cholesterol.

3. Cottonseed Oil • Rich in Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6 PUFA, linoleic acid)

• Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that helps to lower  plasma cholesterol

• Contains Tocopherols which are a natural antioxidant.

4. Groundnut Oil • Contains Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acid (MUFA) and Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6 PUFA) that helps to lower of plasma cholesterol

• Contains Tocopherols which are natural antioxidant.

5. Linseed/Flax Seed Oil • Rich in Omega-3 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-3 PUFA, Alpha linolenic acid)

• Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol.

6. Mustard/Rapeseed Oil (Low Erucic) • Rich in Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acid (MUFA) that helps in lowering LDL Cholesterol

• Contains Omega-3 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-3 PUFA, Alpha-linolenic acid)

• Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol.

7. Mustard Oil • Contains Omega-3 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-3 PUFA)

• Alpha linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol

• Contains Tocopherols which are natural antioxidant.

8. Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil/Extra virgin Olive oil Rich in Mono unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) that helps

Lowering LDL Cholesterol

• Contains polyphenols which are natural antioxidant.

9. Safflower Oil • Rich in Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6 PUFA,linoleic acid)

• Linoleic acid is an essential Fatty acid that helps lowering plasma cholesterol.

10. Palm Kernel Oil • Contains medium-chain fatty acids that are easily metabolized.
11. Palmolein Oil • Contains Tocopherols and Tocotrienols which are natural

antioxidant

12. Rice Bran Oil • Contains MUFA and Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6 PUFA) that helps lowering of plasma cholesterol

• Contains Oryzanol, Tocopherols and Tocotrienols which are natural antioxidants

• Oryzanol has hypocholesterolemic activity

13. Sesame Oil • Contains equal proportions of MUFA (oleic acid) and Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6 PUFA, Linoleic acid) that helps to lower plasma cholesterol

• Contains lignans which are antioxidants

• Lignans possess hypocholesterolemic and Anti-inflammatory activities

• Contains Tocopherols which are natural antioxidant

14. Soybean Oil • Contains Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6,PUFA,linoleic acid) and Omega-3 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-3 PUFA, alpha linolenic acid) in appropriate proportions suggested by RDA guidelines of ICMR

• Linoleic acid is an essential Fatty acids that helps to lower plasma cholesterol

• Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid that contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol

• Contains Tocopherols which are natural antioxidant

15. Sunflower Oil • Rich in Omega-6 Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acid (Omega-6 PUFA, linoleic acid)

• Linoleic acid is an essential Fatty acids that helps lowering of plasma cholesterol

• Contains Tocopherols which are natural antioxidant.”

The Draft Notification is open for industry feedback and comments until 7th April 2019.

 

Reference:

  1. Notification (2019). F. No. Stds/SP(L&C/A)/Oil Claims/FSSAI-2018. Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare. Food Safety and Standards Authority Of India. March 8, 2019

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