FSSAI notifies regulations to limit trans fat in food items

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The Packaged food companies stated the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) move to limit the trans-fat in food items that use edible oil as an ingredient to 2% is consumer-friendly and will not put the burden on the industry as most companies are already initiating on reducing trans-fat in their products. In this article, we will discuss on FSSAI notifies regulations to limit trans fat in food items.

FSSAI notifies regulations to limit trans fat in food items

The Food regulator FSSAI notified the regulations to reduce the content of trans fat in all food items have been specified. 

With a gazette of the latest regulation to limit the content of trans fats in all food items, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) joins the league of various other nations globally having a best practice framework for trans fat elimination.

Also, India joins the club of almost 40 countries globally that have already enacted excellent practice policies to eliminate trans fats and would be among the first countries in Asia after Thailand in obtaining the best-practice policies in trans fat elimination.

Under the regulation specified on December 29 last year, FSSAI declares it has limited industrial TFA (trans fatty acids) to not more than 3 per cent in all fats and oils by January 2021 and not exceed 2 per cent by January 2022.

Further Notification by FSSAI

Further, the Food Safety and Standards has declared on Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales of Second Amendment Regulations, 2021, has been notified earlier last month. 

The food products in which edible oils and fats are applied as an ingredient should not include industrial trans fatty acids more than 2 per cent by mass of the aggregate oils present in the product as on and from January 1, 2022. 

It also clarifies industrial trans fatty acids as all the geometrical isomers of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids having non-conjugated, interrupted by at least one methylene group, carbon-carbon double bonds in the trans configuration. It eliminates trans-fatty acids from dairy, meat, fish, and commodities.

Also, the research has shown that higher inputs of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids (more than 1 per cent of total energy intake) are associated with expanding the risk of high cholesterol and heart diseases.

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