The Indian Food Authority, FSSAI has issued an order regarding operationalisation of the standards of crude corn (maize) oil in the FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011. The standards of crude corn oil have been incorporated through FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations 2022 and will be operationalised immediately. According to the FSSAI, it was done to allow the food businesses to import crude corn oil.
“The draft amendment regulation is already notified on the FSSAI website for public comment. Meanwhile, to allow the FBOs to import crude corn oil, it has been decided to operationalise the provisions of the proposed draft amendment with immediate effect,” reads the order issued by the FSSAI. The amendment proposed that in the FSS (Food Products and Food Additives) Regulations, after the sub-regulation 2.2.8 related to peroxide value of oils and fats, sub regulation 2.2.9 shall be inserted as ‘Crude Solvent Extracted Corn (Maize) Oil’.
The proposed regulation lays standards for corn oil as moisture % by weight at 0.25 max, refractive index of 1.4637-1.4675 at 40 degrees, 187-195 Saponification value, 103-128 Iodine value, 8.0 max Acid value, 2.5% by weight unsaponifiable matter and Flashpoint Penskey Martens (closed) mini 100 degree centigrade.