Protect the population from the harmful effects of trans fats
- Eliminate the use of industrially produced trans fatty acids (IPTFAs) for human consumption.
- In line with other EU countries (specifically Denmark and Austria), introduce legislation to ensure that IPTFA levels do not exceed 2% in the fats and oils used in food manufacturing and cooking.
- Establish guidelines for local authorities to independently monitor IPTFA levels in the restaurant, fast-food and home food trades using existing statutory powers (in relation to trading standards or environmental health)
Does this guidance apply to me?
This guidance is aimed at improving the health of the population as a whole. It makes recommendations to people who can make changes to improve population health.
However, the principles underlying the recommendations also apply to individuals. For example, most people should reduce their salt, saturated fat and trans fat intake, as well as increasing their levels of physical activity.
Related NICE guidance focuses more on individuals, including guidance on stopping and preventing smoking and tobacco control, physical activity, obesity, high blood pressure and mother and child nutrition.
Links To The Headlines
NHS watchdog NICE calls for trans-fats ban in foods. BBC News, June 22 2010
Ban bad fats and cut salt to save 40,000 lives a year, says Nice. The Daily Telegraph, June 22 2010
Slash salt to 'prevent thousands of deaths. Daily Express, June 22 2010
Convenience food changes could save 'thousands of lives'. The Guardian, June 22 2010
Plea to stop using trans-fats. Financial Times, June 22 2010
5-point plan to save 40,000 lives. Daily Mirror, June 22 2010
Up to 40,000 a year killed by junk food, says health watchdog. Daily Mail, June 22 2010