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Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani)

Shall be free from adulterants

Its sharp taste and pungent flavour make it an all-time favourite cooking oil. At the same time, its vitamin-laden, anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties are acknowledged widely. With so many brands of mustard oil in the marketplace, consumers may often be faced with confusion about choosing one over the other. The question is: are they all as good as another and do they meet the basic requirements? Do they all fulfil the minimum requirements and are they all safe for consumption? Do we know that the acid value in mustard oil indicates the age of the oil? How many of us know that the oil must not have any traces of argemone oil or mineral oil? Cold-pressed mustard oil, better know as kachchi ghani oil, should also be free from the solvent hexane.

This report checks seven popular brands of mustard oil along the above-mentioned parameters, which are important determinants of quality and safety. It may be noted that only three of the seven brands – namely Babaji, Kanodia and P Mark – were AGMARK-certified. The good news is that none of the tested brands diverged from the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Regulations on the key parameters, as discussed in detail below.


Health Benefits of Mustard Oil

  • Heart health

    Mustard oil is rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which may help to balance cholesterol levels in the body.

  • Anti-bacterial

    When consumed, mustard oil may fight bacterial infections inside the colon, intestines, urinary tract and other parts of the digestive system.

  • Antifungal

    Applied directly to the skin, mustard oil can help fight fungal infections.

  • Digestive aid

    Mustard oil boosts the appetite and aids in digestion by stimulating the secretion of gastric juices and bile as well as stimulating the excretion system.

  • Respiratory aid

    Some research suggests that mustard oil may have positive effects on patients suffering from sinusitis. It may also help soothe the effects of coughs, colds and other respiratory illnesses and irritants.

  • Insect repellant

    Mustard oil deters insects and may be an effective mosquito repellent, which can be useful in preventing malaria and other disease carried by the insect.

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain relief

    Applied topically, mustard oil has been known to relieve the painful effects of rheumatism and arthritis as well as help soothe sprained ankles and other such joint aches and pains.

  • Skin health

    The high vitamin E content of mustard oil helps improve skin health. Applied topically, it may also help protect the skin from ultraviolet light and other pollutants

Match Your Oils To the Foods

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that oil behaves differently when heated – it changes texture, colour, taste and nutritional properties. When the oil reaches its smoking point, a lot of the nutrients are destroyed and it can sometimes form harmful compounds.

The only way to ensure that you consume healthy oil is by switching between two-three of them – for instance, by using groundnut oil one month and then using sunflower oil/mustard oil in another. Any single oil alone is not preferred.

Blending oils is another option, whereby you take equal proportions of different oils in one container and then use it. This way you do not get prolonged exposure to the side effects of one type of oil and also get the benefits of different oils. You could also have two or more different kinds of oils in your kitchen which you could use for different purposes. For example, you could use olive oil for salads, groundnut oil for frying, and mustard/soybean oil for other cooking purposes.

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Mustard oil (sarson ka tel) means the oil expressed from clean and sound mustard seeds, belonging to the campestris, juncea or napus varieties of Brassica. It shall be free from rancidity, suspended or foreign matter, separated water, added colouring or flavouring substances, or mineral oil. Kachchi ghani refers to the ‘cold press’ extraction process of mustard oil. Mustard seeds are crushed at low temperature so that natural properties, antioxidants and essential oils are retained in the oil. The essential oils content of kachchi ghani mustard oil also acts as a preservative and exhibits anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic activity.

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Highlights
Maximum Retail Price (Rs)
Mustard oil : 60
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 81
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 79
Mustard Oil : 75
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 135
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 80
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 85
Net WeighT
Mustard oil : 500 ml
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 500 ml
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 500 ml
Mustard Oil : 500 ml
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 1000 ml
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 500 ml
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 500 ml
Best before
Mustard oil : 12 Months
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 9 Months
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 12 Months
Mustard Oil : 9 Months
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 12 Months
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 12 Months
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 9 Months
Manufactured/Marketed by
Mustard oil : Babaji Udyog
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd.
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Adani Wilmar Ltd.
Mustard Oil : Delhi Kanodia Oil Marketing
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Patanjali Ayurved Ltd.
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Puri Oil Mills Ltd.
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Recon Oil Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Unit Price
Mustard oil : 12
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 16.2
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 15.8
Mustard Oil : 15
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 13.5
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 16
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 17
General Parameters
Mustard oil : 1.63
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 1.47
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 0.91
Mustard Oil : 0.8
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 1.59
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 1.63
Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 0.89
The acid value gives an idea about the age of the oil because the acid content, or the amount of fattyn acids, increases in oil with time due to hydrolysis with moisture. As per Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Regulations, acid value of mustard oil should not be more than 6.0. So, a lower acid value is beneficial for consumers.
  • All brands were within the specified limit.
  • Acid value was lowest in Kanodia (0.80) and highest in P Mark (1.63) and Babaji (1.63).
  • Mustard oil : no
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : no
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : no
    Mustard Oil : no
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : no
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : no
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : no
    Argemone oil is extracted from argemone seeds. It is adulterated with mustard oil to increase the quantity thereof. Consumption of this oil can lead to health disorders. In fact, consumption of mustard oil adulterated with argemone oil even for a short duration leads to a clinical condition referred to as epidemic dropsy. As per FSS Regulations, argemone oil in edible vegetable oils shall be negative.
  • Argemone oil was not detected in any brand. This is good news for consumers.
  • Mustard oil : No
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : No
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : No
    Mustard Oil : No
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : No
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : No
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : No
    Mineral oil is a colourless and odourless oil that is made from petroleum—as a by-product of the distillation of petroleum. It is adulterated to increase the quantity of the oil it is added to. As per FSS Regulations, mustard oil shall be free from mineral oil.
  • In our laboratory tests, mineral oil was not detected in any of the brands. This is good news for consumers.
  • Mustard oil : Free from added colouring substances.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Free from added colouring substances.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Free from added colouring substances.
    Mustard Oil : Free from added colouring substances.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Free from added colouring substances.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Free from added colouring substances.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Free from added colouring substances.
    No Added Colouring Substances Are Allowed

    It was reported in various sections of the media that mustard oil adulteration was being done with cheaper vegetable oils and colouring substances were added to match colour. Hence we carried out testing

  • As per the results, all brands were free from added colouring substances. This is good news for consumers.
  • Mustard oil : Not detected
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Not detected
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Not detected
    Mustard Oil : Not detected
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Not detected
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Not detected
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Not detected
    Oil shall be supplied for human consumption only after refining. As per FSS Regulations, oil so refined shall not contain hexane more than 5 ppm (parts per million). In kachchi ghani or cold-pressed process,no solvent is required. As such, mustard oil (kachchi ghani) should be free from the solvent hexane.
  • Hexane was not detected in any of the brands (detection limit of laboratory was 1 ppm). This implies that there was no adulteration with refined oil. This is good news for consumers.

    Vegetable oils are also obtained by the method of solvent extraction. Hexane is a permitted solvent.

  • Mustard oil : Packed in PET plastic bottle.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Packed in PET plastic bottle.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Packed in PET plastic bottle.
    Mustard Oil : Packed in PET plastic bottle.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Packed in PET plastic bottle.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Packed in PET plastic bottle.
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Packed in PET plastic bottle.
    The following information shall be clearly and indelibly marked on the label of each container/ packet as per Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations and Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules:
    • Name of the product
    • Trade name, if any
    • Name and address of manufacturer
    • Batch or code number
    • Net quantity in millilitre/litre
    • Ingredients in descending order
    • Month and year of manufacture
    • The words ‘Best before’ (month and year to be indicated)
    • Nutritional information
    • FSSAI license number
    • Green dot for ‘vegetarian’ status

    As per Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, every package shall bear the name, address, telephone number, and email address, if available, of the person who can be – or the office that can be – contacted in case of consumer complaints.

    Customer Care No.
    Mustard oil : 011 25322193
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 18001801018
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 18002339999
    Mustard Oil : 011 41833522
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 0133 4240008
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 011 64300134
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : 022 66912804
    Email ID
    Mustard oil : Not Provided
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : fortune@adaniwilmar.in
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : fortune@adaniwilmar.in
    Mustard Oil : info@knodiaoil.com
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : feedback@patanjaliayurved.org
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : consumercare@purioilmills.com
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : customercare@reconeoil.com
    Observation
    Mustard oil : Working
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Working
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Working
    Mustard Oil : Working
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Working
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Working
    Mustard Oil (Kachchi Ghani) : Working