Canada's trans fat scorecard: fast food sector making good progress but many margarine and pastry manufacturers remain inTRANSigent



    OTTAWA, July 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation today
welcomed the recent progress in the fast food sector's reduction of
heart-clogging trans fats, as indicated in Health Canada's second trans fat
monitoring results.
    "Many fast food outlets are on the trans-fat reduction bandwagon and we
applaud their progress," says Sally Brown, CEO of the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada and co-chair of the Trans Fat Task Force. "Now the
margarine and pastry producers need to get on board."
    In June 2007 the federal government accepted the Trans Fat Task Force's
recommendations that the total trans fat content of cooking oils and soft
margarines should be no more than 2% of margarines' total fat content, and
that trans fats in all other foods should be no more than 5%.
    The product of most concern in this round of monitoring is soft
margarines. "There is no excuse for the high levels of trans fats in many
margarines," says Brown. "These levels are due to a lack of will, not lack of
ability."
    The monitoring shows that only some margarine producers have lowered the
levels of trans fats to within the recommended two per cent of total fat
content, and have done so without significantly increasing the saturated fat
levels.
    Hard margarines continue to remain an issue across all brands.
    Donuts also remain a concern. The Foundation encourages Health Canada to
include them in the next round of monitoring. Donuts and pastries should no
longer include high levels of trans fats - and companies need to be mindful to
replace them with healthy alternatives. The Foundation reminds Canadians to
limit their consumption of these products.
    "The next round of monitoring will show if monitoring is working in the
pastry industry," says Brown.
    The good news is that many fast food companies are reducing trans fat
content in their foods. For example, Burger King, a major transgressor six
months ago when the monitoring data was first released has now significantly
lowered trans fats in many categories.
    The Foundation applauds the federal government for compiling and
releasing this data. "It's very important that Canadian consumers know what is
in the food they eat," says Brown.
    The Heart and Stroke Foundation encourages Canadians to prepare their
meals at home and eat as much fresh food as possible, limit their consumption
of processed foods , eat five to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day,
eat lower-fat products, and include items from the four food groups. Healthy
recipes can be found online at heartandstroke.ca.
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, the Honourable Steven
Fletcher, MP, released the results at an Ottawa Swiss Chalet, a food chain
which is a participant in the Health Check program, the Foundation's
not-for-profit food information program which helps Canadians choose healthier
foods in grocery stores and restaurants.
    Health Canada has given the food industry two years to reduce the amount
of heart-clogging trans fat in their foods, with government monitoring of
trans fat levels in Canadian foods every six months in the interim. The
government indicated that it would introduce regulations to virtually
eliminate processed trans fats in Canadian foods if foods continue to exceed
the Task Force's recommended targets after this two year period of monitoring.
The first monitoring results were released in December 2007.
    We will know by the end of next year whether monitoring will be enough
for Canada to virtually eliminate trans fats overall or whether federal
regulations will be needed," says Brown. "While the federal monitoring program
coupled with various municipal bans and other public health initiatives
clearly are having the desired effect in many areas, federal regulations may
still be needed if levels don't continue to improve in all products." Recently
released polling data by Angus Reid Strategies has shown that 84% of Canadians
support a trans fat ban.


    NOTE:  See attached appendix for monitoring highlights

    The Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.heartandstroke.ca), a
volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke
and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its
application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.

    
                            Trans Fat Data Tables
             July 2008 Heart and Stroke Foundation press release

    Margarine (Soft tub)
    --------------------

    Company               Product Name     Sampling       Trans    Saturated
                                           Date            Fat(*)     Fat(*)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    HIGH PERCENTAGE
     OF TRANS FAT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Golden Gate Micha     Golden Gate,     Nov 2007       15.1        19.0
     Inc.                  100%
                           Soya Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Golden Gate Micha     Nico, 100%       Nov 2007       20.6        13.3
     Inc.                  Canola Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Innovative Foods      Chefmaster,     Sept 2007       14.8        20.1
                           Soft Tub
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Loblaws Inc.          No Name, 35%     Oct 2007       17.8        19.1
                           Less Fat
                           margarine
                           spread
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Margarine Thibault    Thibault, 100%   Nov 2007       17          20.8
     Inc.                  Soya
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Metro Inc.            Master Choice,  Sept 2007       21          13
                           100% Canola
                           Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mirage Margarine      Mirage,          Oct 2007       14.7        19.5
     Ltd.                  Soya Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Parmalat              Lactantia,       Oct 2007       16.4        20.6
     Canada               My Country
                           Unsalted
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Parmalat              Lactantia,       Oct 2007       16.2        21.1
     Canada                100% Soya
                           Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Parmalat              Parkay, 68%     Sept 2007       17          21.7
     Canada                Vegetable
                           Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sobeys                Compliments,     Nov 2007       17          20.2
                           100% Vegetable
                           Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TRANS FAT LESS
     THAN 2% OF TOTAL FAT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Canbra Foods          Canola Harvest,  Oct 2007        0.7        14.8
     Ltd                   Original
                           Margarine
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Loblaws               No Name, Non-    Nov 2007        1.4        24.9
     Inc.                  hydrogenated
                           80% Soy Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Loblaws               President's      Nov 2007        0.6        16.3
     Inc.                  Choice Celeb
                           Non-
                           hydrogenated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Loblaws               President's      Nov 2007        0.6        16.3
     Inc.                  Choice, Celeb
                           Lactose-free
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Margarine             Nuvel, Soft      Nov 2007        0.7        16.2
     Thibault Inc.         Canola Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Metro Inc.            Merit            Nov 2007        1.1        15.7
                           Selection,
                           Non-
                           hydrogenated
                           91% canola oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Parmalat              Lactantia,       Nov 2007        1.2        14.5
     Canada                Healthy
                           Attitude
                           Omega-3
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Parmalat              Lactantia,      Sept 2007        0.8        16.2
     Canada                Olivina
                           Non-
                           hydrogenated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Sobeys                Compliments,     Nov 2007        0.5        16.7
                           Non-
                           hydrogenated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Becel, light     Nov 2007        0.6        14.8
     Canada Inc.           50% less
                           calories
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Becel, Non-     Sept 2007        0.6        15.6
     Canada Inc.           hydrogenated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Becel, Olive     Nov 2007        0.7        16.3
     Canada Inc.           Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Becel,           Nov 2007        0.7        15.7
     Canada Inc.           Omega-3
                           Non-
                           hydrogenated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Becel, RSF 67%   Nov 2007        0.8        15.6
     Canada Inc.           Less Fat
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Becel, Salt      Nov 2007        0.6        16.3
     Canada Inc.           free Non-
                           hydrogenated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Blue Bonnet,     Oct 2007        0.8          29
     Canada Inc.           Non-
                           hydrogenated
                           68% vegetable
                           oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Fleischmann's,   Oct 2007        0.9        24.6
     Canada Inc.           Non-
                           hydrogenated
                           Soybean
                           Oil
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Fleischmann's,   Nov 2007        0.8        24.1
     Canada Inc.           Salt Free
                           Lactose
                           Free
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              I Can't          Oct 2007        0.9        29.2
     Canada Inc.           Believe
                           It's Not
                           Butter
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              I Can't          Dec 2007        0.8        28.6
     Canada Inc.           Believe
                           It's Not
                           Butter, Light
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Unilever              Imperial, Non-  Sept 2007        0.7          29
     Canada Inc.           hydrogenated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (*) Trans fats and saturated fats are listed as a percentage of total
        fat. In the case of trans fats (for vegetable oils and soft
        spreadable tub-type margarines), less than 2% implies significantly
        reduced harm.


    Donuts (chocolate)
    ------------------

    Company               Product Name     Sampling         Trans  Saturated
                                           Date             Fat(*)    Fat(*)
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    HIGH PERCENTAGE
     OF TRANS FAT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Coffee Time           Raised           Oct 2007       31          24
                           Chocolate
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Dunkin' Donuts        Chocolate        Nov 2007       56          16
                           Glazed
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Robin's Donuts        Chocolate        Nov 2007       37          22
                           Dipped
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TRANS FAT LESS
     THAN 5% OF TOTAL FAT
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Country Style         Marble           Oct 2006        0.6        51.4
                           Chocolate
                           Coated
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Krispy Kreme          Chocolate        Dec 2007        3.2        49
                           Glazed
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Tim Horton's          Chocolate        Oct 2006        0.6        48.4
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (*) Trans fats and saturated fats are listed as a percentage of total
        fat. In the case of trans fats, less than 5% implies significantly
        reduced harm.

    




For further information:

For further information: Heart and Stroke Foundation: Stacy O'Rourke,
(416) 489-7111 x482


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