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Sunflower oil inspection

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Sunflower oil inspection is a process of quality control of goods at different stages of logistic chain, which minimizes major trade risks related to the likelihood of cargo delivered or received not according to agreed specification, not being supplied in agreed quantity or incomplete set of accompanying documents agreed between parties for sunflower oilexport/import operations is issued and received.

CISS GROUP provides sunflower oil inspection services to large agribusinesses and international trading companies in intermediate storage warehouses, factories or ports around the world.

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The distinctiveness of sunflower oil inspection is that its requirement may differ significantly depending on the type of oil: refined and unrefined.

After refining, sunflower oil is practically not processed further. It has a pleasant characteristic taste and aroma. Unrefined sunflower oil is divided into premium, first and second grade. The first two grades have no foreign odors, smack and bitterness. A slightly musty odor and a bitterness are allowed in grade II oil where some sediments are also allowed. In unrefined sunflower oil, useful substances such as vitamins, phospholipids, vitamins E, F and caroten are preserved.

Refined sunflower oil is completely purified from various impurities that can form a sediment and affect the taste. Such product can be immediately recognized by its light shade and lack of distinctive taste. The smell is much weaker than that of unrefined sunflower oil, especially if the product is deodorized or frozen. Refined sunflower oil is treated with alkali and free fatty acids and phospholipids are removed from it. The product exfoliates and in the refined vegetable oil rises and is separated from the sediment. The vegetable oil is then subjected to bleaching. Biologically, refined oil is less valuable because it contains less tocopherols and does not contain phosphatides.

FOSFA-accredited inspectors and laboratory technicians from CISS GROUP carry out sunflower oil inspection at any point of the supply chain.

The main stages of sunflower oil inspection:

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Incoming/outgoing sunflower oil inspection.

It is carried out during delivery of sunflower oil to tanks or to a port, or when importing / exporting from factories' warehouses. The CISS GROUP inspector will visually assess the condition of the containers for the suitability to store the cargo; will check the compliance of the cargo and packaging with the transportation conditions; the compliance of the labeling with the specifications and the compliance of the goods with the cargo (accompanying) documents and technical specification of the contracts. If sunflower oil is transported in a container, the inspector will check the its, fixing all damages and compliance of the container and its internal packaging with the requirements of contracts. If required samples will be taken for technical and chemical analyzes in FOSFA-authorized - accredited laboratories.

Acceptance of cleanliness containers / holds of vessels before loading sunflower oil.

It is a visual inspection of containers or empty holds for their cleanliness and suitability for the carriage of sunflower oil. The inspector thoroughly inspects their internal surfaces, controls the position of flexi-tanks (if such are used) in containers, checks the integrity and performance of locks and hinges, rubber seals for container doors and hold covers.

Visual control of the loading process and sampling of sunflower oil.

During loading, the inspector controls the loading of sunflower oil, calculates the gross / net weight during reloading; in the case of loading sunflower oil into the holds - the initial, intermediate and final check of the weight of the loaded cargo using the draft survey method can be performed. Additionally attending inspector conducts a visual assessment of the quality of the cargo, takes samples in accordance with the FOSFA sampling rules and forms composite samples. During loading, the inspector regularly checks pipes, valves, pumps and other equipment to detect possible leaks or contamination. At the end of the loading, the inspector will seal the loaded containers or holds. He enters all the data into reports, to which the client gets direct access. Note that the CISS GROUP loading inspection and sampling can be carried out around the clock on 24/7 basis!

Laboratory analyzes of sunflower oil quality.

We check the quality of sunflower oil exclusively in FOSFA accredited laboratories in accordance with the requirements of existing international standards. The determined standard indicators of the quality of sunflower oil include: organoleptic indicators, transparency, taste, smell; humidity, color number, iodine number, non-fatty impurities, phosphorus-containing substances, acid number, peroxide number. Sunflower oil should not contain foreign impurities and impurities of other vegetable oils. It contains linoleic and oleic fatty acids. Determination of the fatty acid composition of products is an effective method for detecting counterfeiting. The high biological value of unrefined sunflower oil is due to the following content: polyunsaturated essential (irreplaceable, not synthesized by the body) fatty acids - linoleic C18: 2 and linolenic C18: 3; fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K; phospholipids (lecithin); carotenoids, including β-carotene (provitamin A), which has antioxidant properties.

In addition to basic analyzes, laboratory tests are carried out for the presence of pesticides, mycotoxins, GMO, dioxins, heavy metals and radioactive elements in sunflower oil.

Photo and video report.

The inspector records each stage of the inspection with photos and videos. All such data contain the date and time of recorded stage of inspection. At the end of the sunflower oil inspection, CISS GROUP provides a detailed photo report of all stages of control and inspection.


Based on the results of the sunflower oil inspection the final certificate or reports are issued. The client can check the authenticity of the documents using a unique QR code, which is the "key" to the CISS GROUP website, where pdf versions of certificates are stored. Our certificates are protected with a digital cryptographic signature, which also guarantees their reliability and security.

Digitally signed certificates are often required by banks to verify the integrity of trading process when financing trade operations in the form of a letter of credit.

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