More than 60 per cent of loose edible oil in market is adulterated: CGSI

The Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) has informed that sample tests conducted recently indicate that 64 per cent of loose edible oil sold in the market is adulterated.

“To test the quality of loose edible oil, we collected a total of 291 samples in 100 gm/ml quantity from various shops sold to consumers in plastic pouches and containers across the city,” CGSI chairman Sitaram Dixit said. He said samples of loose edible oil were sent to a designated laboratory to test for poisonous and harmful adulterants.

“All edible oil samples were checked for its iodine value and refractive index to confirm whether the oil was genuine or adulterated,” Dixit said. As per the test results, more than 64 per cent of loose edible oil like sesame oil, coconut oil, groundnut oil, mustard oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil and soyabean oil is adulterated with inexpensive palmolein.

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