The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (Ruco) initiative on Friday to collect and convert used cooking oil into bio-diesel. Dr Amandeep Kang, director health and family welfare, Chandigarh, flagged off Ruco vehicles to kick start the initiative.
Dr Kang said the food business operators often use same cooking oil for repeated frying. The consumption of used cooking oil poses adverse health effects since polar compounds are formed during frying. These compounds are associated with several diseases such as hypertension and liver disease. The FSSAI has issued directions to all the states food authorities to initiate the process of disposal and collection of used cooking oil.
In lieu of the World Food Day 2020, which is celebrated throughout the world on October 16, the food safety department of the UT Chandigarh, celebrated the World Food Day and launched the FSSAI initiative Ruco.