Patisseries, sweet shops and other food operators can now voluntarily use “Trans Fat Free” logo at their outlets and on their products- the order was notified by the country’s food safety regulator. India having a population of nearly 1.3 billion cannot afford to lose its human capital to a killer like trans-fat in our food supply chain, which is the main contributor to the global burden of Cardiovascular diseases.
“The food establishments which use trans-fat free fats/oil and do not have industrial trans-fat more than 0.2g per 100g of the food, in compliance with the regulation on Claims and Advertisements, 2018 can display “Trans Fat Free” logo at their outlets and on their food products. The logo with the specifications in annexed herewith,” The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FFSAI) stated in its letter to the state governments on this Monday.
“We are committed to eliminate industrial trans-fat in a phased manner and these are steps in the direction. The order is broadly aligned with international standards. Now that many food operators have started using other oil which do not contain trans-fat, we feel it is important to differentiate in order to encourage such best practices,” FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal said.
The food regulator has already limited trans-fat content in fats and oils to 5% and the order to further reduce it to 3% by 2021 and to 2% by 2022 is under process. It has also stressed that it will be the responsibility of Food Business Operators to comply with the requirements as specified in its regulations.