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Boylan welcomes EU vote on dangerous transfats

29 September, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has today welcomed the positive vote today on a report she co-authored which calls for strict limits on the amount of dangerous fats known as transfats which can be found in food.

The Dublin MEP said:

“Transfats are fats which a mostly used in industrially produced cheap food and which have been found to be the biggest risk for heart disease. These fats are found in a variety of popular food products such as biscuits, cakes, popcorn and fried food which are eaten by consumers who are unaware of the risks.

“This report which was passed today by an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament’s Food Safety committee calls on the European Commission to stop dragging its feet and finally come forward with a serious proposal to reduce the amounts of transfats in our diets.

“Four EU countries have already taken the necessary action to place maximum limits of these fats in foods. Unfortunately, Ireland is not one of these countries leading from the front.

“Transfats are very common in the cheapest most processed foods, putting the health of lower-income consumers at the highest risk. The Irish government’s failure to act on this issue shows once again its absolute disregard for the lowest-income families in Ireland and the ever-widening health in equalities in our society.

“10,000 people die every year in Ireland from heart-related diseases making it Ireland’s number one killer. Limiting transfats in food is low-hanging fruit which has been shown to be very successful in other countries. There is no excuse not to act and I call on my fellow Irish MEPs to support this vote when it is voted by the full Parliament.” 

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