As per the new notification by FSSAI, All food products in which edible oils and fats have utilised as an ingredient will not include industrial trans fatty acids more than 2% by mass of the inclusive oils or fats present, on and from January 1, 2022. In this article, we will discuss on India to be trans-fat free by 2022.
India to be trans-fat free by 2022
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which newly declared trans fatty acid rules, intends to restrict industrial trans fat in whole fats and oils to not more than 2% by January 2022. Also, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) enters the league of numerous other nations globally having best practice policies for trans fat elimination.
With the enactment of recent regulations on trans fats, India joins the club of around 40 countries globally that have already passed the best practice policies to exclude trans fats and would be among the first countries in Asia after Thailand in achieving the best-practice policies in trans fat elimination.
Key indicators under the FSSAI Regulations:
limiting industrial TFA to not larger than 3% in all fats and oils by January 2021 and not higher than 2% by January 2022, gazette in December 2020.
All food products in which edible oils and fats are used as an ingredient shall not contain industrial trans fatty acids more than 2% by mass of the total oils/fats present in the product, on and from 01st January 2022 as per the direction, Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Second Amendment Regulations, 2021 gazetted in February 2021.
Further, defines 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 double bonds in the trans configuration. It excludes trans-fatty acids from the farm, meat, fish and their commodities.