Russia developing a palm oil state standard for EAEU countries


Russia is developing a state standard for palm oil to be applied in EAEU countries. The standard envisages separating products into those suitable and unsuitable for the food industry, reports UkrAgroConsult.

The first version of the state standard sets requirements to the quality, transportation and storage conditions, as well as labeling of palm oil. Also, the document introduces its grades. The state standard takes into account the current technical regulations governing foods, fat-and-oil products, labeling and package. The draft standard divides palm oil into food and non-food ones, depending on the processing degree and usage. Specialists shall rely on a few markers for their differentiation.

If the state standard is approved by Russia’s Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology, the quality requirements to palm oil in Russia may get much more severe. While the current technical regulations for fat-and-oil production allow using the peroxide value (a product freshness indicator) at up to 10 meqO2/kg, the new state standard may toughen this requirement to 0.5 meqO2/kg.

As a reminder, the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing already proposed to toughen these technical regulations last year, but the Economic Development Ministry criticized its proposals, indicating the lack of scientific substantiation. However, unlike the technical regulations, the state standard does not require approval by the Economic Development Ministry, therefore the palm oil quality requirements may nevertheless become stricter.



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