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Trans Fats

 


Alberta Health Services Commitment to Trans Fat Reduction

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.

Alberta Health Services Trans Fat Policy

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Trans Fat Reduction Initiative Policy:

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).

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Updates:

May 5, 2008

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Lists of Margarines, Oils and Shortenings that meet the Trans Fat Reduction Initiative Policy:

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Trans Fat Reduction Initiative: Goals and Objectives:

  1. 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%)

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Trans Fat Compliance Score Card:

 

  2008
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. 

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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

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Infractions by Specific Type

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.

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