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EU to limit dangerous fats in food - what will UK do?

SNP Member of the European Parliament Mr Alyn Smith has hailed a decision today in Brussels confirming plans to limit trans fats content to below 2% in foods across the EU. Industry will have until April 2021 to adapt.

The news has been a long time coming. Alyn has been campaigning for a ban, or at least a tight limit, on trans fats since 2011.
With Brexit, there is no way of knowing whether or how the limit will be dealt with in the UK. If the UK remains aligned to EU rules then the rules may be carried over.  However, if the parties seeking to slash “EU red tape”, as they would characterise this life saving measure, win the power struggle in the Tory party then the rules may not be kept. If that happens then UK produced food could be full of trans fats, perhaps even as high as amounts in the US.  There is no way to tell.

Alyn said:

“This is great, if overdue, news, and an example of members of the EU using our collective power of 500 million to force industry to clean up their act.

“It has always been open to member states to go further individually, as Denmark, Germany and Hungary have done, but this move will raise the baseline and make it un-economic to produce two sets of goods.

“Trans fats are bad news, with a clear impact on public health, and I hope industry gets ahead of the curve and changes their practices now.

“The question for those of us stuck in the UK looking in at such a sensible move is stark. Will we even be part of this? I have no idea, but I hope so.  The Tories who are so keen to use the Brexit pretext to slash consumer protection must not win.”