Global Concerns Around Industrially Produced Trans Fats

Last month, Peru and Brazil joined the growing number of countries that are restricting or eliminating industrially produced trans fats.  Many countries are taking similar actions to improve the health of their populations.  Trans fat has been recognized as a major contributor to heart disease and obesity for some time.  Peru legislation limits trans fats to no more than 2% total fat in food products which effectively eliminates their use.  Brazil applies the same 2% limit and also hopes to ban PHO (partially hydrogenated oil) by January 2023.  The United States, Canada, and Chile eliminated the use of industrial trans fats some time ago.  Uruguay and Paraguay are considering similar measures, and the issue is also being addressed in Europe.

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Posted on 21 September 2021