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September 17, 2018
Canadian ban on trans fats comes into force
Health Canada's ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) - the largest source of industrially produced trans fats in foods - came into effect on September 17.
It is now illegal for manufacturers to add PHOs to foods sold in Canada. This includes Canadian and imported foods, as well as those prepared in all food service establishments.
The ban was announced last year to give industry to time to adapt. The ban came into effect with the addition of PHOs to Part 1 of Health Canada's List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) enforcement strategy for the new requirement includes a two-year phase-in period during which products containing PHOs can continue to be sold, as long as they were manufactured before September 17, 2018. The CFIA will verify that the food manufacturing industry has implemented appropriate measures to meet regulatory requirements through oversight activities such as inspections, audits and sampling.
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