On November 9, Chen Junshi, academician of the Chinese Academy of engineering and director of the food fortification Office of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and prevention, said on November 9 that the harm of plant cream was far less serious than the legend, and would not lead to a food safety crisis, so Chinese people need not worry too much.
Academician Chen Junshi said that “hydrogenated vegetable oil” is contained in many foods, but as far as the dietary pattern of Chinese residents is concerned, in fact, they do not consume too much hydrogenated oil every day, so there is no need to worry too much about it.
Deng Haihua, a spokesman for the Ministry of health, also said at a news conference held on the same day that China has already begun to pay attention to the issue of trans fatty acids. At present, the consumption of trans fatty acids per capita per day in China is about 0.6 grams, which belongs to the safety category. At the same time, China has taken three measures to monitor and control trans fatty acids. At present, the formulation of trans fatty acid standards is under way.
Deng Haihua said that in the national food safety standard infant formula food, hydrogenated oil should not be used in infant food raw materials, and the maximum content of trans fatty acid should be less than 3% of the total fatty acid. In addition, the labeling requirements of trans fatty acids were specified in the food nutrition labeling management specification, and the producers were prompted to pay attention to the control of trans fatty acids produced in the production process. “At present, the risk monitoring and assessment of trans fatty acids is under way,” Deng said, adding that relevant standards would be revised on the basis of risk assessment.
According to the statement of the Ministry of health, Li Zaigui believes that the “average intake” is of little significance because farmers account for a large proportion of China’s population, and they are unlikely to be exposed to baked goods, thus lowering the national average level. However, the exposure of urban residents to foods containing excessive trans fatty acids is very high, “the intake is quite amazing”.