Back in June, an administrative order was issued by the Department of Health (DOH) for industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFA) to be eliminated. Health promotions bureau representative Rodley Desmond Carza says local food manufacturers have two years to remove and reformulate it. In a virtual press briefing, he said the hope is that it will be gone by 2023 from the nation’s food supply.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the limited consumption of TFA, which is called the “tobacco of food”. Other countries have already made the commitment for TFA elimination. Carza added that production costs and the taste of food wouldn’t be affected by TFA being removed.
It can usually be found in baked products, pre-packaged goods, spread, shortening, and butter. According to Carza, the Food and Drug Administration has been mandated with TFA elimination regulations within a two-year timeframe. Food manufacturers who do not reformulate will face penalties.
However, food manufacturers have been supportive of the new policy so far. They are currently coordinating with the FDA for assistance to comply.