BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - The Public Health Minister, Clin. Prof. Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, said Thailand’s ban on artificial trans fats came into effect last week, making the country the first in the ASEAN to ban the production, imports, and sales of partially hydrogenated oils as well as any food items that contain them.
Artificial trans fats have been implicated in health problems, such as heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.
Clin. Prof. Piyasakol said the ban on artificial trans fats is aimed primarily at reducing the risk of them causing heart disease and other conditions through food consumption.
He said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been working with education institutions and the food industry to help ensure a smooth transition over the past three months.
The FDA Secretary-General, Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong, said food and beverage producers have already recalled products containing trans fats before the ban took effect.
Dr. Tares said food importers are required to issue a certificate assuring that their products are free of the prohibited trans fats.