In what may signal a new approach to verification of the health benefits of food, the Mysuru-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) is teaming up with hospitals to conduct “human clinical trials” on an “anti-obesity” cooking oil it has developed. Usually, only new drugs developed internationally but set to be sold in India are subject to such trials.

The objective, officials say, is to test if the oil has side-effects and the extent to which it can help contain obesity.

“We are doing it because we are making a health claim,” said Ram Rajasekharan, Director, CFTRI. The organisation had given a clean chit to Maggi noodles last year, saying the samples it tested conformed to nationally prescribed food regulations — this was cited as evidence by Nestle in the Bombay High Court to resume production of the noodles…

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