FSSAI issues letter regarding use of Trans Fat Free claim

Jul 25, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on July 24, 2019, has issued a letter regarding use of trans fat free claim. All the food establishments like bakeries, sweet shops and other food outlets are encouraged to use healthier fat or oils options, thereby reducing the trans fat content in the foods. The industrial trans fats are the toxic compounds that are the cause of cardiovascular and other related diseases. They are formed during hydrogenation of vegetable oils and other processes such as heating of oil at high temperature. The trans fats are largely present in partially hydrogenated fats such as margarine and bakery shortenings and in vanaspati. The trans fat content in fats and oils has already been limited to 5% and the notification to further reduce it to 3% by 2021 and to 2% by 2022 is under process. The Regulation is also being extended to food products having fats or oils.

The food establishments which uses trans-fat free fats or oil and do not have industrial trans-fat more than 0.2g per 100g of the food, in compliance with the Regulation on Claims and Advertisements, 2018 can display “Trans Fat Free” logo in their outlets and on their food products. The use of the Trans Fat Free logo is voluntary.


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