Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2019

Commission Daily News, 24 April 2019

NUTRITION - Food Safety: Commission adopts new Regulation to cut down presence of trans fatty acids

Today, the Commission adopted a new Regulation to set a maximum limit on the use of industrially produced trans-fat in foods in the EU. The measure aims at protecting consumers' health and providing Europeans with healthier food options.

Over the years, a number of scientific studies, including one from the European Food Safety Authority, have stressed that the dietary intakes of trans fat should be as low as possible in order to avoid health risks.

The maximum limit set today corresponds to 2 grams of industrially produced trans fats per 100 grams of fat in the food intended for the final consumer and food intended for the supply to retail. Also, businesses must provide information on the amounts of trans fat in food supplied to other businesses if the limit of 2 grams is exceeded.

This Regulation will apply as from 2 April 2021.

See related news item: 24 April 2019 NUTRITION - FoodDrinkEurope: Welcoming the adoption of new EU regulation on industrial transfats

For the regulation, see: Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/649 of 24 April 2019 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards trans fat, other than trans fat naturally occurring in fat of animal origin (OJ L110, 25.4.2019, page 17)

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