This step was taken as oil companies in Tamil Nadu were found selling inedible ‘lamp oil’ as ‘Nalla Ennai’. This phrase is commonly used to refer to edible oils like gingelly oil or sesame oil in local markets.
It was found as per government records, that 277 outlets in Salem, Namakkal and Tirupur, were found to be selling inedible oil as edible oil.
The food safety officers conducted raids on 930 outlets and samples were collected from across the state following complaints of rampant adulteration. A committee was then formed under the state food safety commissioner to look into the issue.
This resulted in an order banning manufacturers from using ‘super refined’, ‘extra or micro refined’, ‘cholesterol friendly’ and ‘saturated fat free’ from on the food labels of oil packets from January 2018 as they were misleading consumers.