Trans fat comes in two forms:
- Naturally occurring in meat or dairy products, and
- Industrially produced in oils, spread and margarines.
It is the industrially produced trans fat from hydrogenated oil, margarine, and shortening that is harmful to our health.
BC Trans Fat Regulation
British Columbia was the first Province to act upon the 2006 report: TRANSforming the Food Supply, the final report of the Trans Fat Task Force, co-chaired by Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Since September 2009, British Columbia has restricted the amount of trans fat served in food service establishments. Under this regulation, all food service establishments in the province must meet three regulatory requirements for all food located on the premises, used in preparation, served, or offered for sale:
- Documentation for food must be kept on site and be provided to the Environmental Health Officer upon request (ingredient lists, Nutrition Facts table or product specification sheet) for all food in the establishment.
- All soft spreadable margarine and oil must meet the restriction of 2 per cent trans fat or less of total fat content.
- All other food must meet the restriction of 5 per cent trans fat or less of total fat content.
Healthier Choices in Vending Machines
The trans fat recommendations in the Healthier Choices in Vending Machines BC Public Buildings Policy are based on the BC Trans Fat Regulation. Learn more about the Healthier Choices in Vending Machines Policy.
Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools
The trans fat recommendations in the Healthier Choices in Vending Machines BC Public Buildings Policy are based on the BC Trans Fat Regulation.
Resources for Industry
Looking for information on the BC Trans Fat Regulation? The Restrict Trans Fat Website contains all the regulatory requriements as well as support for the food industry to understand and implement the regulation. Materials are available in multiple languages.
Resources for the Public
Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC is available online and by calling 8-1-1 to answer trans fat and other diet and nutrition-related questions.