Trans fats ban goes into effect in Canada

Trans fats ban goes into effect in Canada

[Ed. – The nanny state has spoken.]

A ban on the main source of artificial trans fats took effect Monday.

Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are the main source of industry-produced trans fats, according to Health Canada, and are normally used to create a certain consistency in food or to increase shelf life.

They are often found in commercially baked goods, like store-bought cookies, as well as margarine and shortening.

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In 2017, the department moved to ban PHOs citing health concerns for vulnerable Canadians.

The ban will be implemented with a two-year phase-in period. That means food manufactured after Sept. 17, 2018, will need to be PHO free, but food manufactured before that will continue to be on shelves for the next two years.

That allows for retailers to “exhaust stock,” a spokesperson for Health Canada told Global News.

Officials from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will be enforcing the ban.

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