McDonald’s has been following a robust oil management practice across regions and have best in class standards for quality and safety for oil-in-use.
Keeping that in mind, McDonald’s is open to collaborating and extending support to the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority in India) to formulate the standards for cooking oil-in-use in India. Currently, there seems to be ambiguous and unclear guidelines for oil usage with respect to used and fried vegetable oil in India.
Speaking on the same, McDonald’s spokesperson said, “We urge the authorities to bring clarity on the standards for oil-in-use. We have committed to provide our full support and share our experience earned across the world, to this process, which would help in removing ambiguity in front of the industry; and the authorities.”
In an RTI response, FSSAI has confirmed that there are no standards defined of used and fried vegetable oil under the current FSSAI regulation. Various industry bodies like NRAI (National Restaurant Association of India), FICCI’s food wing have advocated with FSSAI to define a science based ‘criteria to discard cooking oil’ that protects the well-being of consumers; and removes ambiguity in front of the industry; and helps the local officials in enforcement.