The Commissioner of Food Safety Anand Singh has issued a ban on 74 brands of coconut oils after they were found to be adulterated. The ban was put on the sale, storage, distribution and manufacture of these oil brands as the tests proved that the samples were of sub-standard quality. Anand Singh mentioned that banned brands showed signs of adulteration, were of sub-par quality and had violated provision of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.
It was also found during the time of investigation by Food Safety Officers (FSO) that some of the brands which were prohibited at one district were found to be in distribution and sold in another district. Food safety officials have said the brands will face strict action for having manufactured and sold adulterated coconut oil. The Health Minister KK Shylaja had given instructions to the food safety department to step up its activities in the prevention of sale of adulterated food items being sold in Kerala.
It is not for the first time when the coconut oil brands have been banned in Kerala. Back on May 31, the food safety department banned the sale of 45 brands of coconut oil due to adulteration and poor quality, whileon June 30, 51 additional coconut oil brands were banned for the same reason.
Almost half of the banned brands of coconut oil were using the suffix “Kera”, in order to trick consumers to just link them with the government-owned enterprise, KeraFed.
Some of the newly banned brands include StS Kera Premium Gold (Jithu Oil Mills), Kera Proudy (Bej Traders), K S Kerasugandhi (Indian Agencies), Kera Hira (Bej Traders), Nalikera (St Mary’s Oil Traders), Kitchen Tasty (Kairaly Oil Mills), Kera Swadisht (Liya Trading Company), and Kera Sulabha (Pulary Coconut Oil). Most brands adulterated their coconut oil with oils of poorer quality, such as palm oil.