The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore ("AVA") will be imposing trans fat requirements in fats and oils sold and used in Singapore. The objective is to reduce the trans fat intake of Singaporeans. These artificial fats have been recognised by scientists as potentially contributing to obesity, heart disease and other degenerative diseases. The proposed limit is 2 grams of trans fat per 100 grams of fats and oils.
The requirements will be introduced in two phases. In the first phase, the trans fat content requirement will apply to fats and oils products supplied to local eating and catering establishments and bakeries. In the second phase, the content requirement will apply to retail-pack fats and oils. Additionally, trans fat content will have to be declared on the Nutrition Information Panel of these retail packs.
AVA is currently in the process of implementing the requirements. Interested parties can monitor the AVA website at www.ava.gov.sg for updates.
These requirements, when imposed, will bring Singapore in line with similar trans fat content and labelling requirements in other developed countries such as Denmark, the US and Canada. The change should be good news to the public, given the increased public discussion and concern about the dangers of trans fat consumption.