About this consultation

Consultation period
17 November 2017 - 9 February 2018
Food safety

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. In particular, contributions are sought from:

  • Interested individual/citizen/consumer
  • Processors
  • Restaurants/ food service
  • Food distribution / wholesale/ retail
  • business organisations (including associations, chambers of commerce, etc.)
  • national public authorities
  • other public institutions
  • non-governmental and civil society organisations
  • research institutions/think tanks

Objective of the consultation

Trans fats are a particular type of unsaturated fats that are present in foods in the EU and whose consumption increases the risk of Coronary Heart Disease more than any other nutrient. Trans fats can be produced industrially and can also be naturally present in food products derived from ruminant animals such as dairy products or meat from cattle, sheep or goat.

The European Commission is currently carrying out an Impact Assessment on a possible EU-based initiative to limit intakes of industrial trans fats in the diet of EU consumers, such as to limit industrial trans fats content in food through self-regulation or through a legally-binding measure, to introduce mandatory labelling of the trans fats content of foods on food labels or to prohibit the use of partly hydrogenated oils, which are the main source of industrial trans fats, in foods manufacturing/preparation through self-regulation or through a legally-binding measure.

The present public consultation integrates the targeted consultations with interested stakeholders and national competent authorities already carried out by the Commission and an external contractor which supports the Commission's work on trans fats. This public consultation is aimed at giving an additional possibility to all stakeholders and individual citizens with a possible interest in trans fats to provide their views on key elements of the Impact Assessment.

How to submit your response

You can access the online questionnaire via EU Survey. You can reply in any in any of the official languages of the EU.

At any time you can save your draft and return to it later. Your contribution is downloadable once you have submitted your answers.

Questions marked with an asterisk are compulsory.

Received contributions may be published on the Internet. It is important that you read the Specific Privacy Statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

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View the questionnaire

Additional information


European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety

Directorate E - Food and feed safety, innovation

Unit E1: Food information and composition, food waste

Functional mailbox: SANTE-TRANS-FATS@ec.europa.eu