Trans fats ban goes into effect in Canada
Global News September 17, 2018
A ban on the main source of artificial trans fats took effect Monday.
Partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are the main source of industry-produced trans fats, according to Health Canada, and are normally used to create a certain consistency in food or to increase shelf life. They are often found in commercially baked goods, like store-bought cookies, as well as margarine and shortening.
The ban will be implemented with a two-year phase-in period. That means food manufactured after Sept. 17, 2018, will need to be PHO free, but food manufactured before that will continue to be on shelves for the next two years.