Food products labelled as containing sunflower oil may instead contain refined rapeseed oil.
Food products labelled as containing sunflower oil may instead contain other refined oils such as rapeseed, palm soybean oil or coconut.
Sunflower oil has become increasingly difficult to source because of the conflict in Ukraine and, to maintain supply, it is having to be replaced with other refined oils in some products before changes have been made to the label. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has carried out a risk assessment and advised that the allergic reactions to these fully refined oils are very rare and, if they do occur, are very mild.
Updated on: 10 May 2022