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Sweden may be heading for trans fat ban

Sweden may be heading for trans fat ban

Published: 25 Mar 2012 10:26 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Mar 2012 10:26 GMT+02:00

Sweden may be moving towards a law limiting industrially produced trans fats in food products, following the lead of several other EU countries.

The demand was driven by the Riksdag's oppositional parties last year, and the National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket) is now readying a proposal, according to Sveriges Radio (SR).

However, the agency's Lars-Börje Croon told SR that he believes Sweden ought to wait for shared EU rules.

"Shared legislation is better than national rules. It's not a question of some sort of urgent health risk which needs handling," he said.

The EU commission will be presenting a report on trans fats roughly two years from now.

Several other European countries; Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Austria, already have laws limiting the use of trans fats in food.

In Denmark for instance, banning food products with trans fats rates of over two percent, which are considered damaging.

This summer, the Swedish government will decide whether or not Sweden ought to follow these countries' example, and the National Food Agency's demand for legislation.

Trans fats have been found to increase the risk of coronary disease. Artificial trans fats can be found in, among others, cookies and fast food.

Although Swedes' consumption of trans fats is overall below the Nordic maximum recommended levels, the proposition could protect certain risk groups, supporters argue.

"We do have a very varied, and unequal health. We have bigger health risks in certain groups than in others. A person who eats a lot of fast food is going to consume more trans fats than someone with a normally varied diet," said Gunvor G Ericson to SR.

Ericson is a Green Party MP, and wrote the parliamentary motion which sparked the National Food Agency's action in the matter.

Elisabet Rytter, of the industry trade group Li (Livsmedelsföretagen), also sees an advantage.

"It'll make things easier and more clear for the consumer," she said to SR.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:25 March 25, 2012 by johan rebel
About time they ban that junk.
12:08 March 25, 2012 by RosemarysBaby80
Good! It'll give Americans a reason to leave.
12:58 March 25, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Awesome proposal. I'm sick of wondering how much of that junk is in the foods I buy.
13:26 March 25, 2012 by Nemesis
The sooner trans fats are banned at European level the better.
13:45 March 25, 2012 by Amber Dawn
Fantastic idea. Get rid of the garbage.
14:58 March 25, 2012 by Svensksmith
That stuff is bad. I hear it causes rampant armpit hair growth.
19:16 March 25, 2012 by adshasta
@Rosemarysblablabla..., Your anti-american mindless garble shows your own lack of selfworth.
22:03 March 25, 2012 by skogsbo
trans fats aren't just in pre made chips or fried foods, they are in many pastry and other baking products, pizza bases etc..
08:26 March 26, 2012 by mamegoma
Should be banning sugar instead.
08:31 March 26, 2012 by skogsbo
banning sugar because it's a natural occuring product and much better for you than it's artificial alternatives????
09:44 March 26, 2012 by robban70226
@RosemarysBaby80

And the brits with the fish and chips :-)
14:44 March 27, 2012 by klubbnika
What?! I thought it was already banned.

#10 @skogsbo

Yeah, sugar just "naturally" occurs in sweets, biscuits and soft drinks.
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