Importers and manufacturers have until 1 January to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils in dairy products in Jordan.

The deadline is the result of a decision made by the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) earlier this year on 2 June.

Partially hydrogenated oils are a major source of industrial trans fatty acids, which increase the risk of heart disease.

Only animal fat occurring naturally in dairy products will be permitted in milk and cheese after the ban.

JFDA director general Hayel Obeidat said in the Jordan Times that the ban only applied to dairy products, as they were a staple part of the Jordanian diet. Partially hydrogenated oils could still be used to produce chips, chocolate and other food products.

In June 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration said partially hydrogenated oils were no longer ‘generally recognised as safe’ and gave food manufacturers three years to remove all artificial trans fats from their products (see News, OFI July/August 2015).

In Europe, several countries including Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Hungary and Norway have set limits of 2g per 100g of fat or oil.

The European Parliament also voted in favour of an EU limit on industrially-produced trans fats on 25 October.