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As the scene in legislative developments on Trans Fatty Acids (TFA) is coming more and more in the spotlight, IMACE has updated its Q&A on TFA in order to provide reliable and up to date information on the topic.

The EU is currently investigating the possibility of introducing regulations with the aim to further reduce the intake of TFA in the EU population.

As shown in a recent systematic review (2017) investigating the intakes of trans fat and its dietary sources in general populations worldwide has concluded that nowadays, in the majority of countries for which data are available, average trans fat intake is lower than the recommended maximum intake of 1 En% (i.e. total energy intake) with intakes from animal sources being higher than from industrial sources.

In the past 20 years, substantial reductions in industrial trans fat have been achieved in many countries. IMACE members have been supporting industry initiatives to reduce TFAs in vegetable margarines and spreads, including reformulation and optimisation of refining processes in accordance with the IMACE Code of Practice on TFAs.

To estimate the extent of this reduction for the vegetable oil and fat sector, IMACE undertakes yearly data collection and analysis. In retail margarines and spreads sold to the final consumers, non-ruminant TFAs levels are well below 2% on fat basis. The data collection on Business-to-business (B2B) vegetable fats also shows that the average non-ruminant TFAs content has decreased over the last 10 years from 7.1% on fat basis to well below 2% on fat basis (on average 1.2 % in 2016).

For further read and complete information on the current scene on TFA, please follow the link bellow:

Link: IMACE Updated Q&A on TFA

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