In a long-anticipated move, the Canadian government has announced it will officially ban trans fats from the country’s food supply, over a decade since it was first suggested by professionals.
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor recently released a statement in collaboration with Yves Savoie, CEO of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, indicating the federal government has finally taken the final step to ban partially hydrogenated oils in all foods sold in the country. These oils make up the main source of trans fats in foods that are known to increase the risk of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death in Canada, according to the statement.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation originally partnered with Health Canada in 2006, co-chairing a task force to research and advocate for the ban, suggesting it could prevent 12,000 heart attacks in Canada over a 20-year period. Early on in their research, they discovered Canadians were among the biggest consumers of trans fats in the world.
This recent development will apply to all foods sold within Canada, including imported foods and those prepared and sold in restaurants. What does this mean for your Monday morning Timbits? Only time will tell, but the ban will come into effect on September 15, 2018, giving business owners an entire year to regulate or reformat their products.
“Eliminating the main source of industrially-produced trans fat from the food supply is a major accomplishment and a strong new measure that will help to protect the health of Canadians,” said Petitpas Taylor.