Legal limit on artificial trans fats in the food supply

The US Food and Drug Administration recently gave the food industry three years to eliminate artificial trans fats — which have an undisputedly negative impact on heart health — from the food supply.

In the meantime, the EU has still not set any legal limit on artificial trans fats in food sold in the Member States. Only three Member States (Austria, Denmark and Hungary) have set such a limit.

The Commission is invited to answer the following questions:

1. Bearing in mind that the Commission was due to present a report on trans fats in the food supply by December 2014, has any progress been made in this regard?
2. Does the Commission intend to propose legislation regarding a legal limit on industrial trans fats in food sold in the EU?