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Latvia to set up requirements for allowed concentration of trans-fats in food

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn order to secure availability of healthier foods, concentration of trans-fats in Latvia will not be allowed to exceed established requirements. This is provided by amendments to the Law on the Supervision of the Handling of Food conceptually approved by the Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee this Tuesday, September 30th.

Amendments also provide responsibility to persons who procure food products for personal use. This is done in order to reduce the risk of getting trichinosis, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Amendments to the law provide an obligation for the government to set the maximum allowed concentration of trans-fats in food products by June 30th, 2015. Authors of the draft say that research over the past several years has proven the negative impact of trans-fats on human health, which often causes heart and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, obesity and all sort of negative impacts on pregnancy.

According to last year’s data, the largest concentration of trans-fats was found in cheese products, curd snacks, cream and butter products.

Only Denmark and Austria currently comply with EU requirements for concentration of trans-fats in food products.

In order to reduce the risk of getting trichinosis and protect residents from circulation of meat of unknown origin, amendments to the law provide responsibility for residents to make sure consumption of food products complies with healthy requirements. According to laboratory data, more than 50 people fell ill with trichinosis last year and the year before that.

Along with these amendments, the Food and Veterinary Service will be allowed to publish information about violations related to misleading consumers with untrue information about origin of food products and their contents. This will apply to all situations when businessmen will attempt to mislead buyers, because the current law only allows the publication of violations that apply to human health and life. Agriculture Ministry’s representative notes that one of the most often violations is improperly stated information about the origin country. This especially applies to fruits and vegetables.

In regard to food labels, the government will have to come up with requirements for single-type labels for packaged food products, information provision for non-labelled food products and provision of additional information on labels.

Regulations will also be added with a new section – pollution, pesticide remains in food products will not be allowed to exceed volumes stated in EU regulations. The Cabinet of Ministers will have to introduce regulations that will govern the order of taking samples and evaluating results of investigations into pesticide control for food products of plant and animal origin.

Amendments will need to be reviewed by the Saeima.

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