FSSAI’s New Limit for ‘Trans fat levels’ in Foods

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recently slashed the limit of trans fat levels in food. This has been done through an amendment in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations. The notification for the same was released on December 29, 2020.

Key Points

  • FSSAI has decreased the amount of trans fatty acids (TFA) in oils and fats from the present permissible limit of 5%.
  • Now the new permissible limit for trans fat is 3% for the year 2021 and 2% by the year 2022.
  • The revised regulation is applicable to vanaspati oil, edible refined oils, bakery shortenings, margarine, and other mediums of cooking like mixed fat spreads and vegetable fat spread.
  • Before this, it was in the year 2018 that the industry players were asked to reduce the trans fat by 3% by the year 2021. Thereby, the industry players were given 3 years to comply with the regulation.
  • The First such resolution to reduce trans fat in food was passed by India in the year 2011 to set the TFA limit to 10% in oils and fats. This limit was reduced to 5% in 2015.
  • Now, it has been reduced to 3%.

Trans fats are linked to the increased risk of heart attacks and deaths. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every year around 5.4 lakh deaths globally are due to the intake of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids. WHO has also called for the elimination of trans fats globally by the year 2023.