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Parliamentary questions
11 November 2013
E-012709-13
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Rareş-Lucian Niculescu (PPE)

 Subject:  Ban on artificial trans fats
 Answer(s) 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drawn up a list of artificial trans fats harmful to public health as a prelude to a high-profile campaign to discourage the consumption thereof. In the USA, the average per capita daily intake of artificial trans fats is currently around one gram. The FDA estimates that a ban on these trans fatty acids could reduce the number of victims of cardiovascular failure by 20 000 and resulting annual mortalities by 7 000. Fast foods, microwaved popcorn, margarine and frozen pastries are the main culprits in terms of harmful fat content.

In view of this, does the Commission intend to propose the adoption of similar measures in the European Union?

Original language of question: ROOJ C 228, 17/07/2014
Last updated: 3 December 2013Legal notice