Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19, 2018 : Barely days ahead of the holiday season, the Commissioner of Food Safety in Kerala has issued orders banning the manufacture, storage and distribution and sale of as many as 70 brands of coconut oil in the state. Commissioner Anand Singh claimed that the ban was imposed after oil brands in question were found supplying a "substandard and adulterated" product which had the presence of other cheaper oils, The Times Now reported.
Officials with the state’s Food Safety department on Tuesday told media personnel that while these oils have not been deemed ’unfit for human consumption’, laboratory testing proved that these products did not meet quality standards as prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Coconut oil ban
Adding to the claims, a senior member of the department asserted that some of the products which fall under the purview of the ban met quality standards but were in violation of labelling norms. One such example cited by the Food Safety department is a product label which says that "coconut oil does not contain trans fat", a factually incorrect that amounts to making misleading claims.
Palakkad-based Kera Hira Coconut Oil, Thrissur-based Brilliant Grade One Agmark Coconut Oil, Assanvilla-based StS Kera Premium Gold Coconut Oil are some of the brands which have been banned as per the orders issued by Commissioner Anand Singh. The department had imposed a ban on 45 brands of coconut oil in May of this year followed by a ban on another 51 brands in June. With the latest order in effect, the total number of coconut oil brands banned in Kerala stands at 170.
The list of banned coconut oil brands is given below:
STS Kera Premium Gold Coconut Oil, STS Kera 3-in-1, STS Parimritham, Kera Grace Double Filtered Coconut Oil, KKD Parisudham Sudhamaya Velichenna, Brilliant Grade One Agmarrk Coconut Oil, KS Kerasugandhi Pure Coconut Oil, Kera Proudy Coconut Oil, Kera Priyam Coconut Oil, Golden Drops Coconut Oil, Kairali Drops Live Healthy and Wise Pure Coconut Oil, Kerala Cook Coconut Oil, Kera Hira Coconut Oil, Keralithinte Swantham Velichenna Pure Coconut oil, Kera Swadish 100% Pure & Natural Coconut Oil, Kitchen Tasty Coconut Oil, Kera Sulabha Coconut Oil, Kera Farm Coconut oil, Kera Flow Coconut Oil, Kalpa Keralam Coconut Oil, Kera Nadu, Kera Surabhi Grade One Agmark Coconut Oil, Cocobar Coconut Oil, NMS Cocobar Coconut oil, Silver Flow Coconut Oil, Kera Spice Coconut Oil, VMT Coconut Oil, Kera Clear Coconut Oil, Malabar Rich Coconut Oil, SGS Kera Day 100% Pure & Natural Coconut Oil, SGS Sudhamaya Velichenna Kera Saubhagya Double Filtered Coconut Oil, Kera Proud Coconut Oil, Kera Queen Coconut Oil, Kera Bharat 100% Pure & Natural Coconut Oil, Kera Classic Agmark Coconut oil, Evergreen Coconut Oil Roasted & Double Filtered, Coco green Coconut Oil, Kera Preethi Coconut Oil, New Evergreen Coconut Oil, Kera Sudham Double Filtered Coconut Oil, Kaula Pure Coconut Oil, Parimalam, Dhanu Agmark Coconut Oil, Freshouse Pure Coconut Oil, Kera Nuts Double Filtered Coconut Oil, Kera Fresh Coconut Oil, Amritasree Coconut oil, RMS Samskriti Coconut Oil, Kanmani coconut oil, Bril coconut oil, Kera Be & Be, Kera Thripthi, Confirmed Global Quality Coco Azet Classic and Clear Ultra Multifiltered Coconut Oil, Kera King Coconut Oil the Pride of Kerala 0% trans fat, Quality of Every Drops ABC Gold, KP Premium, New Kerala Drop Coconut Oil, Kera Malabar Coconut Oil, Avani, SFP Lavanya, Golden Live Healthy and Wise, ADM premium, ACT Malabar Nadan Velichenna, Kera Samrudhi, Kera Healthy Double Filtred Coconut Oil, Life Kuttiady Coconut Oil, Famous Kuttiady coconut oil, Kera Kuttiady Coconut oil, Green Mountain 100% Pure and natural coconut oil , Kera Smart, Kera King, 0% Trans fat, Supreme’s Soorrya coconut oil, Special Easy cook coconut oil and Kera Land premium coconut oil 100% Natural.