JAMMU: Food and Drugs Administration Commissioner Shakeel-Ur-Rehman today held a meeting with manufacturers of oil, bakery, namkeen and confectionery regarding the use of trans fatty acids (TFA ) in the manufacture / processing of food products within the permitted limits.
Relevantly, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has limited the permitted amount of industrial trans fatty acids (TFAs) in food products to 2% and food business operators must comply with said regulation from the January 1st. 2022.
Trans fats are associated with an increased risk of heart attack as well as death from coronary heart disease. In 2018, the WHO called for the elimination of industrially produced trans fats from the food supply chain by 2023. Trans fats are widely present in partially hydrogenated vegetable fats / oils, vanaspati, margarine and bakery shortenings. fried food.
The Commissioner sensitized all stakeholders on this matter and requested their cooperation to ensure that safe and wholesome food is provided to the general public as a shared responsibility.
He insisted that food business operators adhere to good manufacturing practices to ensure the use of quality and safe edible oil, in addition to upgrading their in-house testing facilities to meet prescribed quality parameters. by food laws. The FBO has been approached for a 100% grant to be passed on for the gradation and establishment of food labs.
Deputy Commissioner, Food Safety Jammu, gave a detailed presentation highlighting the findings of the Trans Fats and Edible Oils Investigation Report conducted by the FSSAI in conjunction with the Food and Drugs Administration, J&K.
The members of the Food Business Associations have ensured the full cooperation of the department in this regard.
The Deputy Commissioner, Food Security, Jammu, Deputy Commissioners, Department of Food Security Jammu, Samba and Kathua were also present at the meeting.