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Nitin Gadkari seeks disclosure of palm oil mix in other packed edible oils | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Raising concerns over the mixing of palm oil with other edible oils such as soya oil, Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday urged people to raise their voice for proper disclosure of such mixing on the packets in “bold letters”.
“In many cases, soya oil sold here has up to 40% blending of palm oil. There is a need to raise the demand to force sellers to put out this message properly. They put out such information in small letters, which people usually miss. They must mention this in bold letters so that people can take the informed choice whether to buy pure 100% soya oil or blended oil,” Gadkari said while addressing an international soya conclave.
The minister also urged the industry and research organizations to work on increasing the average production of soya crops to reduce India’s import of edible oil to nil. Currently, nearly 65% of the requirement of edible oil is met from imports. “We need to increase the soya crop production to 20 quintal per acre and that will encourage people for crop diversification. This will make us Atmanirbhar in meeting edible oil requirements,” he said.
On the GM soya seeds, Gadkari said there has been a lot of reservation about GM seeds. “I know we have major issues with the GM seeds. But when we import the soya oil from other countries we are getting the oil produced from GM seeds,” he added.
Recently, the government made it mandatory to mention “GM” label on packaged soya oil, which is made from GM seeds. This is aimed at informing people when they are buying the edible oil of their choice.





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