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Trans fatty acid control to be adopted for imported foods and public catering service

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUYears of discussions regarding the maximum allowed concentration of fatty acids in food products have finally resulted in an agreement that regulations will be applied to Latvian products, imported food products and meals produced in the Latvian public catering sector.

In addition, authorities have agreed on a two-year transition period in order to allow food producers to adapt to the new requirements.

The discussing regarding trans fatty acids has been continuing between Healthcare Ministry and Agriculture Ministry, as well as food product manufacturers for multiple years. The most important objective of these discussions was making sure changes would not put Latvian food product manufacturers in an unequal situation in comparison with foreign companies.

«Together with our country’s food production sector and Latvian Food Companies Federation, we have managed to make sure the interests of local producers are respected. Initial regulations were flawed and did not fully cover the range of imported food products, which we found unacceptable, because that would have negatively impacted local food producers,» – admits Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs.

The two-year, transition period will allow food producers, traders and public catering sector to prepare for the new rules. Some companies have already begun doing that, as reported by Agriculture Ministry.

‘Many companies have begun working on changing their menus to adapt to the new regulations. This, of course, requires time and financial resources. Two years is an optimal period of time to do that,’ – admits Chairperson of Latvian Food Companies Federation’s Council Inara Sure. ‘When introducing these new regulations, the government should also secure funds in the 2018 budget in order to control compliance with new regulations. If there is no control, there will not be any point in these rules. It is necessary to control local producers and imported goods.’

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