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Madras High Court Orders Interim Ban on Sale of Edible Oil in Loose

Lawstreet Journal 22 Dec 2020 10:46pm

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While observing that the edible oils (sold in loose packets) are mostly adulterated and that it would have "serious consequences on the health of the consumers", the Madras High Court on Friday (18th December 2020) passed an interim order banning the sale of edible oil as loose oil.

The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi was hearing a PIL filed by a practising Advocate seeking direction for the respondents to ensure that the edible oils sold in the market are in accordance with FSSAI standards and norms and for appropriate action as against the adulterators.

The Counsel representing the petitioner submitted that the edible oils available in the market are mostly adulterated and he also demonstrated as to how the adulterations are made. He told the Court that by mixing a portion of Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) in Palmolein, the Palmolein could be made equivalent to Gingelly Oil and the colour and odour will also match the same.

He also informed the court that consuming CNSL (Cashew Nut Shell Liquid) would affect the nerve system and concentration ability, ie., would affect the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) causing adverse effects, including, Blurring of vision, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Headache, Bradycardia (Decrease in Heart Rate) and Hypotension (Fall in Blood Pressure).

Importantly, it was informed to the Court that the re-use of Tin & Plastic containers for edible oils & fats is not allowed as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 prohibit.

However, it was submitted, the proviso to rule… Continue Reading...


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