FSSAI caps trans fatty acids to 2% in food products from January 2022

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has restricted the permissible amount of industrial Trans Fatty Acid (TFA) in food products to 2 per cent. The latest amendment will come into effect from January 01, 2022. Currently, the permissible limit for trans fats in food products in 2021 is 3 per cent, cut down from the previous limit of 5 per cent.

FSSAI has amended the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations, 2011 to put into effect the new Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2021.

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What does this amendment mean?

As per the new rule, the food products in which edible oils and fats are used as an ingredient shall not contain industrial trans fatty acids more than 2% by mass of the total oils/fats present in the product, starting from January 01, 2022. 

About the Trans Fat:

  • Trans fat regulation, that aims to limit the amount of “trans fat”, fat-containing trans fatty acids — in industrial food products, has been enacted in many countries.
  • These regulations were motivated by numerous studies that pointed to significant negative health effects of trans fat.
  • Trans fats are associated with increased risk of heart attacks and death from coronary heart disease.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • FSSAI Chairperson: Rita Teaotia.
  • FSSAI Chief Executive Officer: Arun Singhal.
  • FSSAI Founded: August 2011.
  • FSSAI Headquarters: New Delhi.

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