In Russia the allowable content of trans fats in foods reduced tenfold


Mandatory requirements to fat-and-oil products set by the Customs Union technical regulations “Technical regulations for fat-and-oil products” (TR TS 024/2011) came into force in Russia on January 1, 2018. They change the safety parameter “trans-isomers of fatty acids” from 20% to 2% of the product’s fat content, reports UkrAgroConsult.

From now on, margarines, special fats, cream-vegetable and fat-vegetable spreads, cream-vegetable and fat-vegetable rendered mixtures, milk fat substitutes, cacao butters and cacao butter equivalents must contain at most 2% of trans-isomers. Their ratio to the product’s fat content must be indicated on the package.

The requirements to the content of trans-isomers of fatty acids had been toughened step-by-step since 2013 and the process finished on January 1, 2018. This gave fat-and-oil producers time to adapt to the new requirements, which are now effective in Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union countries.



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