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Parliamentary questions
12 November 2013
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D)

 Subject:  Trans fatty acids

Trans fatty acids can be found in foodstuffs including hard margarine, cooking fat, frozen pizzas, frozen snacks, fast foods and industrially produced biscuits and cakes. However, it has been known since 1990 that trans fatty acids increase blood cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary heart disease.

In the United States, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has stated that trans fatty acids can no longer be regarded as safe and that they represent a risk to public health. According to the FDA, 7 000 deaths and 20 000 heart attacks could be prevented in the US each year if a ban on trans fatty acids were introduced. The FDA is now launching a plan to gradually exclude trans fatty acids from food supplies.

Is the Commission aware of this problem?

What measures is it planning in order to tackle the health risks posed by trans fatty acids? Is it also considering a ban on trans fatty acids?

Does the Commission believe that citizens are sufficiently well informed about the risks posed by trans fatty acids?

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