New York state has issued a new rule requiring oil refineries to close immediately after all oil will be sold as food.
The state’s Department of Food and Agriculture issued the regulation, which is effective January 1, to limit the sale of any oil products, including oil from the state’s largest oil refinery.
The rule, which was posted on the state website, states that, if oil is sold as “food” to a consumer as defined in the rule, it will be subject to the requirements of NYS FOOD CODE Chapter 11.
If oil is used as food, it must be cooked to an approved cooking temperature, as set forth in the regulation.
Food companies and processors must follow the standard cooking times and temperature settings set forth under NYS Food Code Chapter 11 by January 1st.
The rule also states that “food must be prepared and served to the consumer at a temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.”
The rule is also expected to require that food sold in bulk or by mail be cooked by at least the same time as food sold individually.
The state’s food regulator will issue a final rule by March, according to a release.