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Partially hydrogenated and fully confused: How to protect Europeans from trans fats?

22nd October 2015


Partially hydrogenated and fully confused: How to protect Europeans from trans fats?

Seven European countries are capping industrially-produced trans fatty acids in food – but if they are so harmful why not ban them outright?

 

Earlier this month four major international food companies – Mars, Kellogg’s, Mondelēz and Nestlé – and several health NGOs including the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), the European Heart Network (EHN) and the European Consumer Rights Organisation (BEUC) sent an open letter to the European Commission asking it to legislate and limit trans fats originating from partially hydrogenated oils to 2 g per 100 g of fat.

But if artificial trans fats are so bad then why stop at a 2% cap when an outright ban of their main source – partially hydrogenated oils – would protect consumers even more?

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