FSSAI Creates an ecosystem for using used cooking oil
10th Aug 2018, On World Biofuel Day, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched RUCO – Repurpose Used Cooking Oil, an ecosystem that will enable the collection and conversion of used cooking oil to biodiesel. FSSAI has projected to recover 220 crore liters of used cooking oil for the production of biodiesel by the year 2022 through partnership with Biodiesel Association of India (BDAI) . The publication came one month after the FSSAI laid down regulations to monitor the usage of used cooking oil. FSSAI is also planning for businesses using more than 100 litres of oil for frying, to maintain a stock register and ensure that Used cooking oil is handed over to only registered collecting agencies.
Repeated frying for preparation of food makes the edible vegetable oil no longer suitable for consumption due to high free fatty acid (FFA) content . Waste oil has many disposal problems like water and soil pollution, human health concern and disturbance to the aquatic ecosystem , so rather than disposing it and harming the environment, it can be used as an effective and cost efficient feedstock for Biodiesel production. Biodiesel prepared from used cooking oil is a cleaner fuel with 75% lower carbon emissions than diesel, over its entire life cycle.