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Commissioners told to ensure compliance with 2% trans fatty acid limits
Saturday, 15 January, 2022, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked Food Safety Commissioners of all the states to ensure compliance with respect to the limits of trans fatty acids for food products as per the food safety standards regulations, which seek limiting of the trans fatty acids to 2% from January 1, 2022.

The food regulator has sought a report from the states by January 20, regarding the compliance by food businesses.

According to the FSS (Prohibition and Restriction of Sales) Regulations, 2011, "Food products in which edible oils and fats are used as an ingredient shall not contain industrial trans fatty acids more than 2% by mass of the total oils/fats present in the product". The same rule has become effective on and from January 1, 2022.

Previously, the FSSAI has said that the limit of 2% trans fatty acids by weight shall be enforced only on products manufactured on or after January 1, 2022, and not before the said date.

“All the Commissioners of Food Safety of states and Central licensing authorities are requested to carry out a 100% inspection drive of all such units which are licensed for manufacture/processing of vegetable oils/fats under their respective jurisdiction and check for compliance of the products being manufactured through surveillance sample,” reads the order.

The order added that a report on the matter shall be submitted to the FSSAI HQ by January 20, 2022.

The FSSAI has been pushing for limiting trans fatty acids from food products and has given a deadline of January 2022. Previously the trans fatty acids were cut down to 5% and subsequently the industry agreed for a 2% limit.

After the notification of the regulations for limiting the trans fatty acids in the food products, trans fatty acids in the vegetable oils/fats products were first limited to 5% by January 1, 2021, and not more than 2% by weight, on and from January 1, 2022.
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