FSSAI, supreme food regulator has commanded an alteration in the laws regarding enforcement of maximum limit of trans fatty acids in vegetables oil, fats products under the recently declared  FSS-Food Products and Food Additive -10th Amendment Regulations.

FSSAI has postponed the timeline from 1st January, 2021 to 4th April, 2021 for the implementation of the rules regarding trans fatty acids.

After receiving representation from the stakeholders, the FSSAI has planned that to encourage smooth transition for the industry to the new regulations for the trans fatty acids (TFAS), the enforcement for the TFA limit of 3% by weight shall initiate from 1st April, 2021 and for such products produced on or after 1st April, 2021.

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“No enforcement action shall be started for TFA limit (of 3%) for the said products produced before 1st April, 2021 for implementation of the said limit,” states the FSSAI notice released in this regard.

Also, the notice made it clear that with respect to the provision that the TFA shall not be more than 2% by weight, on and from 1st January, 2022, the said limit shall be imposed only on the products manufactured on or post 1st January, 2022 and not prior to the said date.

Under the gazette alerted rules for trans fatty acid, the vegetable oils/fats products shall not possess more than 5% trans fatty acids by weight provided that maximum limit of trans fatty acid shall not be surpassing 3% by weight, on and from 1st January, 2021 and not exceeding 2% by weight, on and from 1st January, 2022.

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