European politicians: healthy reformulation of food products needed to reduce TFA intake

Posted on: September 30, 2016

On Thursday 29 September 2016, the members of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) in the European Parliament adopted a motion for a resolution to install legislative measures concerning trans fatty acids. In this resolution the Commission ENVI, among others, call on the European Commission to propose mandatory limits on industrial TFAs and reduce their intake in all population groups as soon as possible.

In addition to the resolution, the European Parliament asks the Commission to collaborate with Member States to increase nutrition literacy of the population, and to engage with the industry to encourage the healthy reformulation of their products.

The ENVI politicians recall that there is evidence that TFA limits can bring rapid and significant changes. They highlight the success in Denmark where a national limit of 2% of the content of TFAs in oils and fats was introduced in 2003 leading to rapid lowering in intake of industrial TFA.

The resolution will now be considered for adoption by the European Parliament at a plenary session in October.