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Tighter curbs on food, oil products to boost health

Published on Mar 8, 2012 6:00 AM

From May, all cooked food outlets and supermarkets will have to use or sell healthier fat and oil products that meet new trans-fat limits. The Health Ministry wants to help Singaporeans eat healthier and cut the risks of heart disease.

All margarine, shortening and cooking oil will be allowed to contain only 2g of trans-fat per 100g, or 2 per cent.

Supermarkets will have to stock only products meeting the new limits, and these products must state the trans-fat levels on their nutrition information panels. The new rules will be gazetted this year and all importers can bring in only products meeting those limits. The industry itself will have a year, until next May, to adjust to the changes.

Right now, these three products - margarine, shortening and cooking oil - can account for up to 70 per cent of trans-fat Singaporeans eat on average.

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