India: FSSAI Changes Nomenclature of Blended Edible Vegetable Oil

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   IN2021-0083

On June 29, 2021, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) published a new directive changing the nomenclature ‘‘Blended Edible Vegetable Oil” or “Multi Source Edible Vegetable Oil” now to simply “Multi Source Edible Oil.” At the Food Authority 33rd Meeting, the FSSAI (authority) determined to remove the term ‘vegetable’ and change the terminology as “Multi Source Edible Oil” wherever specified in the food safety and standards regulations. The authority is extending the compliance timeline now until November 17, 2021, when conformity with the new mandatory labeling and display regulations come into effect. Earlier, the effective compliance date had been set for June 8, 2021. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, in response to stakeholders’ requests, is extending the compliance date to allow food business operators (industry) additional time to exhaust existing inventory of product labels.

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