Ban on partially hydrogenated oils will reduce the risk of heart disease
OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2018 /CNW/ - ReducingCanadians' intake of trans fats is key to reducing the risk of heart disease, a leading cause of death in Canada.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced that Health Canada's ban
Trans fats raise "bad" cholesterol levels (low-density lipoprotein) in the blood, which is a risk factor for heart disease; they also reduce the blood levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein), which protects against heart disease.
The ban was announced last year to give industry to time to adapt. The ban came into effect today with the addition of PHOs to Part 1 of Health Canada's List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enforcement strategy for the new requirement includes a two-year phase-in period during which products containing PHOs can continue to be sold, as long as they were manufactured before September 17, 2018. The CFIA will verify that the food manufacturing industry has implemented appropriate measures to meet regulatory requirements through oversight activities such as inspections, audits and sampling.
Health Canada's ban is consistent with global efforts to eliminate industrial trans fats in foods. Banning the use of PHOs in foods will effectively reduce trans fats in the Canadian food supply to the lowest level possible, and help achieve the World Health Organization's public health recommendation to reduce the intake of trans fats by the majority of the population to less than 1% of total energy intake. Achieving this public health objective is expected to lead to an overall reduction in the risk of heart disease among the general population.
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.
"As Minister of Health, I am very concerned with the rise in heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of death in Canada. Health Canada's ban on partially hydrogenated oils in the food supply is part of the Government of Canada's action to help protect Canadians from diet-related chronic disease."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"Heart & Stroke is thrilled to see the implementation of the ban on trans fats take effect. This important and final step will eliminate these heart-clogging fats from our food supply, benefiting the health of all people in Canada by reducing the number of heart attacks and saving lives. This measure is a critical component of the federal Healthy Eating Strategy,"
Yves SavoieChief Executive Officer, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Associated LinksList of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods Notice of Modification – Prohibiting the Use of Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) in Foods Healthy Eating Strategy Health Canada web site on fats
SOURCE Health Canada
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