Madras High Court issues interim stay on sale of loose oil

In an interim order, the Madras High Court bench in Madurai on Friday banned the sale of loose edible oil due to adulteration issue and wondered why the adulterators should not be booked under the Goonda Act.

The court order came on a public interest litigation filed by an advocate to seek  directions to the authorities to ensure that the edible oil in the market complied with the standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The petitioner’s counsel told the court that a mixture of cashew nutshell liquid and palmolein was sold as gingelly oil since the former’s colour and odour would match that of gingelly oil.

The court also asked about the number of tests done on samples of edible oils and the number of tests wherein the presence of cashew nutshell liquid and peanut essence was detected, apart from the action taken against the adulterators.