Health Canada Proposes Trans Fat Ban

  From the May 1, 2017 Issue of Agri-News
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 “Consuming trans fats increases a person’s risk of heart disease,” says Health Canada in a news release. “In the 1990s, Canadians had one of the highest intakes of trans fats in the world. Although Canadians consume fewer trans fats today, more needs be done to reduce trans fat intake. That’s why Health Canada is introducing a regulatory proposal to prohibit the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) - the main source of industrially produced trans fats - in food to help protect the health of all Canadians.”

A Notice of Proposal detailing the proposed regulation has been posted online to seek comments from Canadians, including stakeholders. Comments will be accepted until June 21, 2017.

“Prohibiting the use of PHOs in all foods sold in Canada represents a significant and final step in Health Canada’s efforts to reduce trans fats in the Canadian food supply to the lowest possible level,” says Health Canada. “This builds on previous measures, which include mandatory nutrition labelling of trans fats and setting voluntary maximum limits for these fats in processed foods.”

Once the regulation is finalized, the prohibition would come into effect one year later to provide manufacturers time to reformulate their products.

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