NEW DELHI, May 9
THE domestic rice bran oil industry has sought relaxation in "unsaponifiable matter" specifications laid out under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954. The PFA rules now do not permit unsaponifiable matter (i.e. non-oil content) in refined rice bran oil to exceed 3.5 per cent by weight.
"We feel that this level is far too low for promoting rice bran oil for direct human consumption. Considering that even a country like Japan allows for an unsaponifiable matter content of five per cent, there is no reason why the Government cannot raise this from 3.5 per cent to at least 4.5 per cent", the President of the Solvent Extractors' …