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New labeling guidelines on trans fat to take effect July 1

New labeling guidelines on trans fat to take effect July 1

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) Taiwan's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Monday that labels for food products must clearly display their sugar and trans fat contents under revised guidelines set to take effect July 1 in light of their connection to heart disease and obesity. However, the FDA said that some leeway is allowable, as products with trans fat content rated at below 0.3 percent may be labeled "trans fat-free" or "0 percent trans fat." The text of the trans fat content labeling must not be smaller than 2 millimeters, the FDA said. The health regulator said it is monitoring developments on an initiative to impose an outright ban on trans fats by its U.S. counterpart agency. According to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, daily consumption of trans fats should not exceed 2.2 grams, or 1 percent of the recommended 2,000 calorie diet for adults. The revised food labeling guidelines define trans fats as byproducts arising from the oxidization process of cooking oils during the production process of food products. Trans fats are commonly found in vegetable oils such as margarine and are used in many baked goods and pastries. The FDA said that trans fats are also found in refined and processed milk products, beef, lamb and other meats. The regulator added that vegetable cooking oil might also contain trans fats caused by the decolorization and deodorization processes during their production. Currently, tests are unable to determine whether trans fat content in foods is naturally occurring or a result of manufacturing processes, the FDA said. On daily consumption of sugar, the WHO recommends no more than 6 teaspoons, 25 grams, or 5 percent of the recommended 2,000 calorie diet for adults. The harmful effects of excessive sugar consumption include obesity, dental cavities, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. (By Chen Ching-feng and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-18 07:35 GMT+08:00