Be it coconut or mustard, sesame or sunflower, soya bean or groundnut, palmolein or cottonseed oil, they could be adulterated when sold loose, according to Consumer Voice, which conducted a study on edible oils across India.

The voluntary consumer organization found that as much as 85% of the samples of edible oil sold loose in the open market in 15 states were adulterated.

A total of 1,015 samples were tested on the basis of parameters set by the Food Safety and Standards Association of India (FSSAI) at labs accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration.

Samples of two largest selling varieties of oils in loose form were collected from each State and analyzed for visual appearance, odour, suspended particles, presence of argemone oil and other parametres.

The tests revealed that 85% samples of coconut oil, 74.07% samples of cottonseed oil, 74% sesame oil and 71.77% samples of mustard oil were adulterated.

Under FSSAI regulations, edible oil is not allowed to be sold in loose form, but State Governments can, in public interest, exempt some or all edible oils from this regulation for a specific period of time.

The samples were collected from Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Consumption of adulterated oil can lead to diseases like cancer, paralysis, allergy, liver damage, cardiac arrest and epidemic dropsy.


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