Health Canada proposes trans-fat ban
The government of Canada is fighting with the trans fats in the diets for more than a decade. On Friday, Health Canada released a notice of proposal that put total ban on the trans fats.
According to the notice, the use of industrially produced partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are prohibited. These oils are the main source of trans fats in the foods that raise levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol.
These oils are mainly used in baked product like pastries, bread and some packaged goods to extend shelf life.
“Prohibiting the use of PHOs in all foods sold in Canada represents a significant and final step in Health Canada’s efforts to reduce trans fats in the Canadian food supply to the lowest possible level,” the department said in a release.
Health Canada aims to add the oils to its “List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods.” That list now includes items such as petroleum jelly, which manufacturers are prohibited from using in food.
A total ban on artificial trans fats has been elusive in Canada.