Edible Oils Packaging, 1998
In order to ensure availability of safe and quality edible oils in packed form at pre-determined prices to the consumers, the Central Govt. promulgated on 17th September, 1998, an Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order, 1998 under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 to make packaging of edible oils, sold in retail, compulsory unless specifically exempted by the concerned State Govt.
- Edible oils including edible mustard oil will be allowed to be sold only in packed form from 15th December, 1998.
- Packers will have to register themselves with a registering authority.
- The packer will have to have his own analytical facilities or adequate arrangements for testing the samples of edible oils to the satisfaction of the Government.
- Only oils which conform to the standards of quality as specified in the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 and Rules made there under will be allowed to be packed.
- Each container or pack will have to show all relevant particulars so that the consumer is not misled, so also the identity of the packer becomes clear.
- Edible oils shall be packed in conformity with the Standards of Weights and Measures (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 1977, and the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954 and Rules made there under.
- The State Governments will have power to relax any requirement of the packaging order for meeting special circumstances.