About the Initiative
- Alberta Health Services Commitment to Trans Fat Reduction
- Evaluation of Trans Fat Reduction Initiative
- Trans Fat Reduction Initiative Policy
- Lists of Margarines, Oils and Shortenings that meet Trans Fat Reduction Initiative Policy
- Goal and Objectives
- Trans Fat Compliance Score Card
- Infractions by Specific Type
AHS is committed to creating healthy food environments at AHS Facilities to promote health and chronic disease prevention. AHS shall reduce the levels of Trans Fats contained in food offered at AHS Facilities in accordance with the recommendations of the Health Canada Trans Fat Task Force.
The Calgary Health Region Board dealt with the Trans Fat Reduction Initiative at their meeting held on November 28, 2007 and the following motion was adopted.
Phase 1 Requirements effective January 1, 2008:
- Hydrogenated margarines, oils, or shortenings used for deep-frying, frying, sautéing, or grilling shall have a trans fat content of not more than 2% of total fat content.
- Hydrogenated margarines, oils, or shortenings used as a spread on sandwiches, vegetables, potatoes, rice, etc., shall have a trans fat content of not more than 2% of total fat content.
Phase 2 Requirements effective July 1, 2009:
- Any food item for use, service, sale or storage that contains hydrogenated margarines, oils, or shortenings shall have a trans fat content of not more than 5% of total fat content.
NOTE: This limit does not apply to foods that contain natural trans fats only (i.e.: no hydrogenated ingredients).
May 5, 2008
- Reduction Strategy Update - Letter from the Director of Health Protection
- Checklist for Phase 1 Trans Fat Requirements
- Oils for deep-frying, frying, grilling and sautéing (up to 2% Trans Fat)
- Margarines, garlic spreads and margarine-butter blends for spreading, cooking and baking (up to 2% Trans Fat)
- Margarines, shortenings and margarine-butter blends for baking (up to 5% Trans Fat)
- Pan Sprays (up to 2% Trans Fat)
- Phase I Enforcement: To achieve a compliance rate of 100% among food permit holders with the Phase I regulations by March 31, 2009.
Progress of First Goal
Year End Operator Compliance with Phase 1 of the Calgary Health Region Trans Fat Policy for 2008 (Goal 100%)
Trans Fat Compliance Score Card:
|Number of Food Establishments Affected by the Trans Fat Policy||6388|
|Number of Food Establishments With a Trans Fat Violation(s)||200|
|Number of Food Establishments with an Outstanding Trans Fat Violation (as of Jan. 1, 2009)||112|
|Year End Compliance rate||98.2%|
Comments: The above statistics were taken from the period beginning Jan. 1, 2008, ending Dec. 31, 2008. The facilities with outstanding Trans Fat violations were not re-inspected in 2008 to determine if compliance has been achieved. The number of facilities with outstanding Trans Fat violations is therefore likely to be much lower than 200.
Letter Grade Conversions of % Compliance
|96% -100%||= A+|
|89% - 95%||= A|
|83% - 88%||= A-|
|78% - 82%||= B+|
|75% - 77%||= B|
|72% - 74%||= B-|
|68% - 71%||= C+|
|65% - 67%||= C|
Comments: The above chart shows the number of times each type of food was cited in violations for 2008.
Note: more than one type of food can be cited in a violation.