Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Commission Consultation, 17 November 2017

TRANS FATS - Open public consultation on the initiative to limit industrial trans fats intakes in the EU

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. In particular, contributions are sought from:

Objective of the consultation

Trans fats are a particular type of unsaturated fats that are present in foods in the EU and whose consumption increases the risk of Coronary Heart Disease more than any other nutrient. Trans fats can be produced industrially and can also be naturally present in food products derived from ruminant animals such as dairy products or meat from cattle, sheep or goat.

The European Commission is currently carrying out an Impact Assessment on a possible EU-based initiative to limit intakes of industrial trans fats in the diet of EU consumers, such as to limit industrial trans fats content in food through self-regulation or through a legally-binding measure, to introduce mandatory labelling of the trans fats content of foods on food labels or to prohibit the use of partly hydrogenated oils, which are the main source of industrial trans fats, in foods manufacturing/preparation through self-regulation or through a legally-binding measure.

The present public consultation integrates the targeted consultations with interested stakeholders and national competent authorities already carried out by the Commission and an external contractor which supports the Commission's work on trans fats. This public consultation is aimed at giving an additional possibility to all stakeholders and individual citizens with a possible interest in trans fats to provide their views on key elements of the Impact Assessment.

The Commission web page at provides a link to a questionnaire. Unfortunately when preparing this news item, the link did not appear to work.

For additional information, se: INCEPTION IMPACT ASSESSMENT - Initiative to limit industrial trans fats intakes in the EU

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