trans-fatty acids (TFA)

As of 15 May 2019, Annex III Part B of Regulation (EC) No. 1925/2006 stipulates that the level of trans-fatty acids other than those occurring naturally in fat of animal origin must not exceed 2 g per 100 g of fat in foodstuffs destined for the end consumer and in foodstuffs intended for distribution to retail trade.

Foodstuffs that do not comply with this regulation may only be put into circulation on the market until 1 April 2021.

There are no legal regulations stipulating how naturally occurring trans-fatty acids are to be accounted for when evaluating levels of TFAs calculated by analysis. For now, it is up to the respective experts to interpret this. Commentaries and legal practices are yet to be established in this respect.