Trans Fat | World Health Organisation (WHO) Advice

February 12, 2021


The World Health Organisation (WHO) are aiming to eliminate trans fat from the overall food supply. From 1st April 2021, there will be a limit of 2 grams per 100 grams of trans fat in foods. This is to ensure consumers are offered healthier choices, as industrially produced trans-fat are estimated to cause 500,000 deaths per year due to coronary heart disease. If food is over 2 grams after 1st April, it will not be placed on the market.

Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/649 now limits the amount of industrially produced trans-fat in all foods sold to EU consumers. The aim is for the world to be trans fat free by 2023.

From 1st April 2021 the content of trans fats, other than trans fats naturally occurring in fat of animal origin, in food intended for the final consumer and food intended for supply to retail, shall not exceed 2g per 100g fat.

Trans fat are mainly found in:

• Fast Food

• Bread

• Ice Cream

• Cakes/Doughnuts

• Vegetable oils

WHO recommend three factors to achieve a world free of produced trans fats:

• Develop & implement best practice policies to set limits for trans fat in all foods or ban hydrogenated oils

• Monitor mechanisms

• Regional regulations to expand the benefits of trans fat

There is currently a ban on trans fats in Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and certain parts of the US.

Unpackaged foods, such as food served in restaurants rarely list the nutritional information on menus, so it can be difficult to know how much trans fat there is in the food you are eating.

The government have recently been encouraging the public to live healthier lifestyles. This originates from the increased risk of falling severely ill from Covid-19 if you are overweight or obese. Reducing the intake of trans fat is one way that we can make better food choices,

This is a crucial time to eliminate the risk to people’s health. With the world currently fighting COVID-19, it is key to make more conscious health decisions, lowering this amount of trans fat will allow this to happen while reducing hospital admissions.

Advice for businesses

It is important to identify any areas where your products contain high levels of fat, especially trans and saturated fats.

As experienced food safety consultants, we recommend establishing a product specification management system to store all your product information, including the nutritional profile of each product you offer.

Our spec management system Smart Supplier is an industry leading software as a service (SaaS) which can hold all your product information from all suppliers. All nutritional data will be stored and can be automatically transferred to KPI charts, making it easy to see which products have high levels of fat.

In order to meet the government’s calorie, salt and sugar targets it is important that FBO’s know which products they need to change to reduce the levels of fats.

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