New Delhi. If food and drink are adulterated then it will not be good. Before the festival of Holi, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked to take precautions before purchasing food items. There have been many cases of oil adulteration in the last few days. In particular, there have been cases of adulteration of rice bran oil in mustard oil. Adulterated oil uses cheap grain oil.
During a recent investigation conducted in Delhi-NCR, it has been found that 33 percent of mustard oil samples were adulterated. Rice bran oil was also added to this oil. The taste of mustard oil in food is pungent and bitter. The adulterated oil, especially the palm oil found in the refrigerator, freezes like vegetable. Pure mustard oil does not freeze.
To check, mix thick, concentrated nitric acid in the oil sample and stir the mixture thoroughly. After a while, if the red-brown layer appears in the mixture, then there is a mess in it. Actually, rice bran oil is cheaper than mustard oil. FSSAI has issued instructions to the Food Safety Commissioners of all the states and Union Territories of the country in this context to examine various branded oils. If any kind of adulteration is found in these oils, they should take appropriate action.
The FSSAI has clearly instructed the Food Safety Commissioners to take action against these companies as per the FSS Act. Please tell that FSSAI was formed by the Government of India in 2006 under the Food Safety and Standards Act. Later on 1 August 2011 it was notified by the Central Government under Food Safety and Standards Exchange (packaging and labeling). The job of FSSAI is to provide nutritious food to the people and to maintain its set standards. FSSAI is operated under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
FSSAI was constituted by the Government of India in 2006 under the Food Safety and Standards Act. On the instructions of FSSAI, the state works to implement various provisions of the Food Safety Act. Apart from this, it helps in maintaining the fixed standard of production and sale of food items at all state, district and gram panchayat level in the country. The main function of FSSAI is to make guidelines related to food items and to ensure that the rules made by them are followed.