The deadline to reduce trans fatty acid to 2%, however, remains the same - January 1, 2022.
"In view of representations received from the industry and to facilitate smooth transition from the industry to the new norms for the trans fatty acids (TFAs), it is directed that the enforcement for the limit of 3% by weight shall commence w.e.f. 1st April, 2021, and for such products manufactured on or after 1st April 2021," the authority said in its recent notification.
The edible oil industry has cited the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns as a reason for it it's inability to prepare for the reduction of trans fat.
The country’s food regulatory body notified the amendment to the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations on December 29, more than a year after it issued a draft on the subject for consultation with stakeholders.
The revised regulation applies to edible refined oils, vanaspati (partially hydrogenated oils), margarine, bakery shortenings, and other mediums of cooking such as vegetable fat spreads and mixed fat spreads.
The step to reduce trans fat came after the World Health Organisation (WHO) called for global elimination of trans fats by 2023.
Even though the regulation came into effect immediately, industry players were made to take a pledge back in 2018 that they would comply with WHO’s call for action to reduce TFA by 3% by 2021 allowing them three years to comply with the latest regulation.
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3 Comments on this Story
Pankaj Sharma3 days ago
FSSAI is a bunch of
jokers or corrupts, it
appears, as they have
never raised objections
to oil selling, with
advertisements such, the
particular oil is good for
health and fools never
objected to it for
decades. Is it not
Hemant Pisat4 days ago
Playing with the health of the nation. Sorry, it should be done asap.
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