A day after a ban was imposed on 45 brands of coconut oil in the State, Food Safety authorities on Saturday seized nearly 6,200 litres of coconut oil in the Kovalam circle.
The coconut oil belonged to three brands manufactured by Jithu Oil Mills at Asanvila. Half litre and 1 litre pouches of Kera Three-in-One, Kera Premium Gold, and Parimritham, estimated to cost nearly ₹13 lakh were seized. The brands were not registered.
Statutory samples of the three brands were also seized and sent to the Government Analyst’s Laboratory here for testing.
Food Safety officials said they had collected samples of various brands of coconut oil from the market, and one brand manufactured by Jithu Oil Mills had been found substandard. Their brands had also been found to be substandard in other districts and figured among those banned. Hence, an inspection was conducted at their manufacturing unit. Different brands of oil were found there and were seized.