India will get its very first edible oil vending machine on the lines of milk vending outlets and it will be launched in West Bengal. Kolkata is expected to be the first city to get it.
Food regulator FSSAI gave its nod to sell edible oils in loose through vending machines. After a meeting of the Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Chairman Ashish Bahuguna told the reporters, “We have given permission to a company to launch edible oils vending machines on a pilot basis in West Bengal.” Last week the project has been sanctioned.
Like the milk vending machines, edible oil vending machines can be a great benefit to the poor and rural population. They can buy quality oil in whatever quantity they want from these machines.
Consumer affairs minister Ram Vilas Paswan stated that his ministry and consumer organisations suggested that edible oil should be available in small pouches so that everyone can buy that.
Bahuguna said initially the machines may be installed in Kolkata and later in other big cities. But he didn’t disclose the name of the company.
Last year, advocacy group Consumer Voice has conducted laboratory tests of over 1,000 samples of non-packaged edible oil from 15 states and they found out how poor and rural people were facing health risk by consuming adulterated oil.
The study revealed nearly 85% of coconut oil samples have not successful to meet the necessary norms. 74.1% of the cotton seed oil samples, 74% of sesame oil and 72% of mustard oil samples failed to pass the purity test.
The purity test report for soybean oil and sunflower oil is better than the other oils. The samples were collected from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.