Edible Oil producers to declare net quantity in Volume without temperature in addition to declaring the same in weight

The Department of Consumer Affairs vide its press Release dated 25 August 2022 notified amend the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules 2011.

It is advised by Centre that the Edible Oil Manufacturers/ Packers/ Importers to declare net quantity on edible oil etc. in volume without temperature in addition to declaring the same in weight and also has been advised by department of Consumer Affairs to correct their labelling of declaring net quantity in the units of volume without mentioning temperature with weight of the product, within six months from the date of direction issued i.e., up to January 15, 2023.

It is mandatory to declare the net quantity in terms of standard units of weight or measure apart from other declarations on all pre-packaged commodities in the interest of consumers Under the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011.

It is mandatory to declare the net quantity of edible oil, Vanaspati ghee etc. either in weight or volume and if it is declared in volume, the equivalent weight of the commodity mandatorily to be declared. It is observed that industries are proactively mentioning temperature while declaring the net quantity in volume.

It has been observed that such declaration of net quantity of edible oil, Vanaspati ghee etc. in terms of volume keeping the volume fixed (for example 1 litre) at different temperatures with mass, which differs, when the packaging mentions a higher temperature.  The weight of soyabean edible oil may be different at different temperatures keeping the volume one litre, as follows:

S.no. Temperature Weight (in g)
1 210C 919.1
2 300C 913.0
3 400C 906.2
4 500C 899.4
5 600C 892.6

Hence, weight of edible oil is different at different temperature and ensure that at the time of purchase consumer get correct quantity in the package.

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