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(Feb 02, 2008) The amendment of the country's Food Sanitation Law made it possible for the Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) to implement trans fat labeling regulations in September 2006. The KFDA announced revised food labeling standards that make it compulsory to show the amount of trans fats in processed food such as bread, candy, chocolate, noodles, and beverages. The new standards took effect on December 1, 2007. If the food contains less than 0.2 grams of trans fat per serving, the label can read "trans fat: 0 grams." If the food contains 0.2 to 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, the label can read "trans fat: less than 0.5 grams" or actual gram per serving. Under the U.S. Food and Drug regulation, food products that contain less than 0.5 grams of trans fats can claim to contain 0 percent. The pitfall is that Korean food companies may be using more saturated fat by eliminating trans fat. (Dong Hoon Shin, Kankoku shokuhin gyokai o nayamaseru toransu shibo [Trans fat annoying Korean foodstuff makers], CHOSUN ILBO, Dec. 5, 2007; No Trans Fat Does Not Mean No Worry, THE CHOSUN ILBO, Jan. 23, 2007, available at

Author: Sayuri Umeda More by this author
Topic: Workers safety and health More on this topic
Jurisdiction: South Korea More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 02/02/2008