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Canada to ban partially hydrogenated oils by September 2018


September 21, 2017
By Canadian Pizza

Ottawa – Health Canada has taken the final step to ban partially hydrogenated oils – the main source of industrially produced trans fats – in all food sold in Canada, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a news release.

This includes both domestically produced and imported products and foods, as well as those that are prepared and served in restaurants and food-service establishments.

Trans fats raise “bad” (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and lower “good” (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels in the blood, the release said. By banning partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, Health Canada will reduce trans fats in the Canadian food supply to the lowest level possible, which will help reduce Canadians’ risk of heart disease.

Once the ban is put in place, any food containing PHOs cannot be legally sold in Canada. The ban was finalized on Sept. 15 through a Notice of Modification adding PHOs to the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances. The ban will come into force on Sept. 15, 2018, to give the food industry enough time to find suitable alternatives.

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This initiative is part of Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, which aims to make the healthy food choice the easy choice.