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Sweden to Limit Trans Fats in Food

04 July 2012

SWEDEN - The Swedish National Food Agency has put forward proposals that there should be no more than two per cent industrially produced trans fat in the total fat content of foods on the Swedish market.

This is the same level as other countries that have passed legislation on trans fats in food, such as Denmark.

Swedish food manufacturers have already largely replaced the industrially hardened fats with other fatty ingredients.

NFA carried out a study into the rules limiting the use of industrially produced trans fats on behalf of the Government.

The proposal, submitted on 1 July, means that the proportion of industrially produced trans fat in the total fat content of food must not exceed two per cent.

"The food industry has taken responsibility for reducing the use of industrially produced trans fats. It is encouraging that the percentage of trans fats are already below the level that other countries legislated on," said Lars-Börje Croon for the food agency.

NFA's proposals for regulations on trans fat has now been sent to the Government for decision.

Industrially produced trans fats are produced in a chemical process in which vegetable or animal fats hardened. Curing will make the fat harder to increase durability and provide harder and more brittle texture of the products. In butter, many other dairy products and beef have between thee and six per cent naturally occurring trans fats. This sort of trans fat accounts for about three-quarters of the Swedish consumption of trans fats.

A high intake of trans fat is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease which has led to the WHO and Nordic Council of Ministers to call for a limit on the use of trans fats.

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