FSSAI may issue order to reduce trans-fat in food items by 2022

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is planning to come out with a regulation to reduce trans-fat content in food products having fats or oils to 2 per cent by 2022. It currently allows trans-fat content in fats and oils to 5 per cent. The notification to further reduce to 3 per cent by 2021 and 2 per cent by 2022 is still in the process.
"Food safety is one aspect, but eating healthy and sustainable food is a priority. We are coming out with regulations to decrease trans-fat in foods and oils to 2 per cent by 2022," said Arun Singhal, CEO, FSSAI.
The food safety executive shared this in a virtual event organised by industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on the 4th anniversary of the CII-HUL Initiative on Food Safety Sciences (CHIFSS). Asserting that trans-fat is a "serious issue", Singhal added that the industry should come forward for collaboration with the FSSAI to find ways to bring down the trans-fat content in foods and oils.
Currently, bakeries, sweet shops and other food business operators can voluntarily display ‘trans-fat-free’ logos on food products and in their outlets. Speaking on the occasion, FSSAI Chairperson Rita Teaotia lauded food businesses for being responsive in these times of extraordinary public health emergency due to COVID-19.
"In many developed countries, every aspect of production, processing, distribution and retailing, street vending and consumption of food systems can be and is comprehensively regulated. Therefore, designing a food safety out there is simpler, and all the stakeholders find it feasible to implement. In a nation like ours, where size, volumes and diversity of stakeholders are enormous, we need to contextualize the food safety risk management design," added the Chairperson.


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