OTTAWA, April 7, 2017 /CNW/ - Consuming trans fats increases a person's risk of heart disease. In the 1990s, Canadians hadone of the highest intakes of trans fats in the world. Although we consume fewer trans fats today, more needs be done to reduce Canadians' trans fat intake. That's why Health Canada is introducing a regulatory proposal to prohibit the use of partially
A Notice of Proposal detailing the proposed regulation has been posted online to seek comments from Canadians, including stakeholders. Comments will be accepted from April 7 to June 21, 2017.
Prohibiting the use of PHOs in all foods sold in Canada represents a significant and final step in Health Canada's efforts to reduce trans fats in the Canadian food supply to the lowest possible level. This builds on previous measures, which include mandatory nutrition labelling of trans fats and setting voluntary maximum limits for these fats in processed foods.
Once the regulation is finalized, the prohibition would come into effect one year later to provide manufacturers time to reformulate their products.
Eliminating PHOs from the Canadian food supply is an important part of Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy, which aims to make the healthier choice the easier choice for all Canadians. The Strategy aims to improve the availability of information on healthy eating, strengthen requirements for labelling and health claims, improve the nutritional quality of foods, protect vulnerable populations, and support increased access to and availability of nutritious foods.
The Healthy Eating Strategy is a component of the vision for a healthy Canada, which focuses on healthy eating, healthy living and a healthy mind.
"Through the Healthy Eating Strategy, our government is working to make the healthier choice the easier choice. By prohibiting partially hydrogenated oils, we are removing the largest source of industrial trans fats from Canada's food supply and helping reduce the risk of heart disease."
The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
Link to Notice of Proposal
SOURCE Health Canada
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