By: Lung Pei-ning and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on
Monday issued advance notice that it will ban partially hydrogenated oils — the primary dietary source of hazardous trans fats — in food products starting in 2018.
Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan passed an amendment to the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation in November 2015 to ban artificial trans fats from processed foods, with violators facing fines of up to NT$3 million (US$90,340).
Under the revised law, food manufacturers will have a three-year grace period to eliminate the cooking fat from their products.
According to standard administrative procedures, the FDA was required to give advance notice of the ban in early 2016 before a full ban is confirmed. [FULL STORY]