Members of the Parliament (MEPs) mention the fact that, according to the European Commission, only one in three consumers in the EU knows about TFAs which shows that labelling measures are not enough. The Commission should therefore propose an EU legal limit on the industrial TFA content of all foods as soon as possible, and preferably within two years, say MEPs.
MEPs say that there is evidence that Denmark’s introduction of legal limits for industrial TFAs, which brought in a national limit of 2% on trans fats in oils and fats in 2003, was successful.
The resolution was passed by 586 votes to 19, with 38 abstentions.
MVO is in favour of self-regulation. Through self-regulation, the trans fatty acid content in the Netherlands has become very low. However, this does not apply to most Eastern European countries. MVO advocates a level playing field at European level so that all food producers must comply with the same rules and everyone can compete on equal terms. Although MVO is convinced of the effectiveness of self-regulation, an European mandatory limit of TFA for food products (i.e. end products intended for consumption) of 2% fat might ensure a level playing field. Click here for the MVO statement.