Brazil – Changes in the legislation related to Trans Fats

In December 2019, for example, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) published Resolution of the Collegiate Council of Administration (RDC) 332/2019, with rules limiting the use of industrial trans fats in food. The rule provides for the implementation of the resolution in three phases.
The first phase involved imposing limits on industrial trans fats in the production of refined oils, limiting their presence in these products to 2% (maximum 2 grams per 100 grams of total fat). This restriction came into force on July 1, 2021.
On the same date, the restriction of trans fats in other foods, industrialized and sold at retail and wholesale, came into force. This change is effective until January 1, 2023.
The last phase of implementation, which will begin on January 1, 2023, provides for the prohibition of the ingredient “partially hydrogenated fat”, the main source of industrial trans fats in foods. Thus, the production, import, use and supply of partially hydrogenated oils and fats for use in foods and foods formulated with these ingredients will be prohibited.

Prof.ª Dr.ª Denise Pinheiro Soncini da Costa

Argentina – CONAL meeting reviews progress on front-of-package warning label and trans fats

The 146th regular meeting of the National Food Commission (CONAL in Spanish) was held recently. The following topics were reviewed:

  • Importance in the integration of the sanitary system of food control, as each area contributes to achieve better health.
  • Advances in the implementation of the access to the affidavit and the public search engine of the nutritional seals and warnings system.
  • Sending to administrative procedure the Draft Joint Resolution that establishes the new maximum limits for trans fatty acids in finished products and raw materials and the prohibition of the processing of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil of industrial production.
  • Sending to administrative procedure the projects referred to the modification of article 1353 bis of the Argentine Food Code (CAA) on the update in the specifications of infant formulas, the incorporation of new enzymes and native vegetable species.
  • The Commission agreed to consider new topics, among which are the integral proposal of the articles on peanuts and their derivatives, the incorporation of alcoholic beverages of artisanal production and the determination of the limit of arsenic in edible algae.

The Americas – Argentina: Public consultation to regulate the use of trans fats in foods

The initiative presented to the National Food Commission (CONAL in Spanish) and available for public consultation proposes to update the current regulations on the presence of trans fats in commercialized foods, with the aim of improving their regulation and guaranteeing the right to health for all.

ARTICLE 1. – Article 155 tris of the Argentine Food Code is hereby replaced and shall be worded as follows: “Article 155 tris: The content of industrially produced trans fatty acids in foods, including those used as ingredients and raw materials, shall not exceed 2% of the total content of trans fatty acids in foods, including those used as ingredients and raw materials. ingredients and raw materials, shall not exceed 2% of the total fats. These limits do not apply to fats from ruminants, including milk fat.

The use of partially hydrogenated oils and fats in the production of foods, ingredients and raw materials is prohibited”.

The Americas – Brazil: Resolution on the restriction of the use of trans fats food industries

Resolution No. 632 of March 24, 2022, was published in the Official Journal of the Union, which provides for the restriction of the use of industrial trans fats in foods. The new resolution applies to all foods, including beverages, ingredients, food additives and processing aids, including those intended exclusively for industrial processing and those intended for food services.