Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Call to 'harden up' on fatty acids


Call to 'harden up' on fatty acids

Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Government to follow the United States, and bring in mandatory labelling of the 'trans fat' content of potato chips, biscuits, crisps and similar products.

"This would give consumers a better idea of how unhealthy many food products are," Ms Kedgley said. Under new regulations, food labels in the United States will have to reveal how much artery-clogging trans fat is contained in food products. "I call on Health Minister Annette King to ask Food Standards Australia New Zealand to introduce similar mandatory labelling for trans fats (or trans fatty acids) in food products sold in New Zealand," Ms Kedgley said.

"At present, there is no requirement in New Zealand for manufacturers to declare trans fat content, even though trans fats can be as bad as their better-known counterpart - saturated fats - from a nutritional and heart health point of view.

"Many studies have found that trans fats raise blood cholesterol levels and clog arteries. Surely consumers have the right to know this, and to choose foods without these dangerous fats.

"As in the United States, manufacturers here could be given a reasonable amount of time to introduce the new labelling or change their products altogether. It would be an incentive for companies to reformulate their products, so they are healthier," Ms Kedgley said.

The trans fat process, called hydrogenation, exposes vegetable or fish oils to high temperatures and pressure, and bubbles hydrogen through the oils.

The resulting trans fats are found in all sorts of products, including biscuits, crisps, cakes, snacks and margarine. Hydrogenated oils may also be used for frying hot chips and other takeaway foods.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news