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Draft norms on trans fats by month-end


Apex food regulator, the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has woken up to the ill effects of trans-fatty acids (TFAs). Following the uproar over the findings of the New-Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which said last week that there were high levels of trans fats, salt and sugar in popular packaged foods, the regulator has decided to prescribe limits for their usage and consumption.

A maximum of 10 per cent TFAs in vanaspati and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, used by the packaged foods industry, has been prescribed by FSSAI in a draft notification, to be issued by the end of this month.


The Expert’s Thought: Trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Trans Fat can cause Coronary Heart diseases, Hypertension and even some forms of cancer.


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