The food sector in Germany has already been successful in reducing trans fatty acids in many products during the last 20 years.
In 2010, a dialogue started between federations, the food sector and science representatives to further optimise this process. The joint initiative, which has finally been adopted in 2012, aims to continue the reduction in non-ruminant trans fatty acids to reduce increased intake levels, taking into account technological limitations.
Various branch organisations from the food sector and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture developed and signed a framework guideline and various product guidelines to assist food manufacturers in the reduction of non-ruminant trans fatty acids.
Recent data show the success of the initiative: the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) declared one year ago that the trans-fatty acids consumption in Germany is currently not a relevant risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases. Most consumers in Germany consume less than 1% of their food energy as trans fatty acids.