Health Canada announced today that they will implement the recommendations made by the Trans Fat Task Force in order to nearly eliminate the amount of trans fat in the Canadian food supply.
The recommendations include limiting the amount of trans fat in oils and soft margarines to 2 percent of the total fat content, and to limit the amount of trans fat in other foods to 5 percent. These limits will also apply to food sold in restaurants.
The Trans Fat Task Force is a multi-stakeholder group in conjunction with Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. A year ago, in June 2006, the group submitted their recommendations to the Minister of Health.
Today's announcement has already received praise from the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA), The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC).
Trans fat is added to products to give them a longer shelf life - they have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
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