Slovenia has submitted a decree proposal to the European Commission (EC) restricting the amount of trans fats allowed in oils, fats and processed foods sold in the country.

The decree – sent to the EU in early November – would limit the proportion of trans fats in all vegetable oils, fats and fat emulsions and foods containing such ingredients to 2g per 100g of the food’s total fat content, Food Navigator wrote on 2 November.

The restrictions would not apply to animal fats and oils or food containing them, nor to foods where the presence of trans fats was a natural consequence due to them containing animal-based fats.

The Slovenian government would give companies a 12-month buffer period once the decree came into force, after which products not complying with the new rule would have to be pulled from the market.

The regulation was on hold until 22 January in order to give the EC and EU member states an opportunity to comment on any possible trade barriers that could result from the regulation, Food Navigator said.

Slovenia was the latest European country to restrict trans fat content in food, joining Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia and Lithuania, which had similar 2% trans fats limits.

According to World Health Organization statistics, cardiovascular diseases – to which trans fats have been linked as a contributing factor – were the leading causes of death in Slovenia.