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Regulation on TFA likely to be passed in Sept

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The draft regulation on limiting Trans Fatty Acid (TFA) in foods is likely to be passed by the government in the next month.

In order to protect public health from the excessive TFA or trans fats, the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) has drafted the regulations titled "Limiting Trans Fatty Acid in Food Products Regulations 2021".

Monzur Morshed Ahmed, chief of the Technical Committee on Trans Fats and a member of the BFSA, told the Daily Sun, “We’ll send the draft regulations to the law ministry through our administrative ministry (food ministry) in the next week to finalise the policy,”

BFSA sources said the draft regulations may be sent to the law ministry on August 16 and then it may take around one month to complete the process to pass the policy for implementation.

And in this regard, all necessary preparations have been completed including consultations with stakeholders.

Monzur Morshed said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called all its member countries to regulate trans fats in foods within 2023. “We’ve formulated the draft regulations keeping that target in mind,” he added.

On January 25, the draft policy were finalised at a meeting of the Technical Committee on Trans Fats. Later, it was uploaded on the BFSA website on March 22 for public consultation.

The WHO has set a global target of eliminating industrially produced trans fatty acids from the food supply chain by 2023.