FSSAI amended the food additive regulation, issuing new standards for chia oil and its fatty acid composition through a draft notification. These regulations will be known as Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulations, 2018.
As per the draft notification, in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, under Regulation 2.2 Fats, Oil and Fat Emulsions, after Clause 29, new standards for chia oil have been added.
Chia oil has been defined as the oil expressed from the clean and sound seeds of chia (Salvia hispanica) without the application of heat. It shall be clear of rancidity, suspended or other foreign matter, separated water, added colouring or flavouring substances and mineral oil.
Chia oil is used for different types of food product applications like bakery, beverage, as a snacks, salads, desserts, etc.