The Food Safety commissioner’s office, has gone ahead and banned as many as six brands of coconut oil in Kozhikode district after they were found to be substandard in an attempt towards prevention of toxicity.
Designated officer for food safety, P.K. Aleyamma in a press release said that the stock and sale of the said brands henceforth would be a punishable offence.
The banned brands are ‘Surya’ and ‘Ayilyam’, manufactured by Balakumaran Oil Mill, Tirupur; ‘Cocos Coconut Oil’ made by Sibil Oil Mill, Pookkottur, Malappuram; ‘Malabar Tasty Coconut Oil’ and ‘Kannur Coconut Oil’ made by New Kerala Traders, Uliyil, Kannur, and ‘Kings Rolex Coconut Oil’ manufactured by MKR Oil Industries, Pollachi.
The officer said that ‘Surabhi’ and ‘Soubhagya’, manufactured by Balakumaran Oil Mill, had been banned earlier in the district. Action is being initiated against the manufacturers of the brands under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
For the record, the office had got several coconut oil manufacturing units closed down in the district over the last few years after their products were found to be substandard.
Now, substandard products from other States are making their entry into Kozhikode, Ms. Aleyamma said, adding that they were aimed at the Onam market, and that consumers should be alert against them.