As of 1 July 2018, artificial partially hydrogenated oils will be banned in Taiwan. Companies failing to comply with this law will be subject to heavy fines of up to NT$3 million, i.e. €85,540.
Did you know? Used in the production of food products thanks to their stability and their heat resistance, partially hydrogenated oils help to extend a product’s shelf life. Unfortunately, they are also the main source of trans fats, which are harmful to health.
According to Yan Zong-hai (顏宗海), director of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Clinical Toxins Department, international studies show that artificial trans fats can lead to cardiovascular disease and obesity, as well as to an increased risk of fatty liver and Alzheimer’s disease.
In Europe, only Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland have placed restrictions on hydrogenated oils.
In Japan, several major food manufacturers such as Meiji (confectionery, dairy products and more) have recently stopped using these oils. Japanese consumers are increasingly aware that reduced use of trans fats can lead to a healthier lifestyle.
As a result of this announcement, the demand for non-hydrogenated oils, such as palm oil, is expected to rise.