|The cotton seed oil expelled mechanically from the
cotton seed through the screw and press is non-edible oil which is
called Cottonseed wash oil. The cottonseed wash oil
undergoes intensive treatment after extraction to reduce the level
of gossypol found in cottonseed wash oil, the consumption of which
may produce undesirable side-effects. Refined cotton seed oil is used
mainly for edible purposes such as salad and cooking oils, shortening,
margarine and to a lesser extent in the packing of fish and cured
meat. Low grade oil is used in the manufacture of soaps, lubricants
and protective coatings.
Cottonseed oil is extracted from cottonseed, which carries around 18% oil content. Cottonseed oil is estimated to contribute nearly a fifth of the global vegetable oil production.
Gujarat produces an estimated 0.36 million tonnes of cottonseed oil and stands first in cotton seed oil production in India.