Saudi Arabia banned partially hydrogenated oils in foods, following trans-fat limit regulations
The Saudi Food & Drug Authority (SFDA) had implemented the regulation No. 2483/2018 which banned the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in the food industry with effect this year.
The regulation was first implemented in 2018, giving food importers and manufacturers two years to comply.
According to SFDA website, the regulation now applies to all food products intended for human consumption, with the exception of completely hydrogenated oils and trans-fats from natural sources (animal sources).
The country had already implemented a 2% trans-fatty acids (TFA) limit for fats/oils and a 5% TFA limit for all other foods, with effect in 2017.
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