Canadian Minister of Health Petitpas Taylor has announced the ban of partially hydrogenated oils [PHOs] in all food sold across the country in a bid to 'save lives'.
The ban, which will come into full effect on September 15 2018, will prompt all product manufacturers to remove the trans fat-heavy ingredient - which is used to prolong shelf life - from all products.
The ban on PHOs include both domestically produced and imported products and foods, as well as those served in restaurants and other food service establishments.
Trans fats are known to raise 'bad' cholesterol and lower 'good cholesterol levels; the ban should therefore help reduce Canadians' risk of heart disease, and prevent up to 12,000 heart attacks in the country over the next two decades.
Taylor made the announcement: "As Minister of Health, I am pleased to deliver on our Government’s commitment to promote public health and make it easier for all Canadians to choose healthier foods.
"Eliminating the main source of industrially produced trans fat from the food supply is a major accomplishment and a strong new measure that will help to protect the health of Canadians."
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Chief Executive Office Yves Savoie added: "The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada congratulates Health Canada on taking this important final step to eliminate trans fats from the Canadian food supply.
"Trans fats are still high in baked goods and other foods often consumed by children and other vulnerable populations.
"This will reduce the number of heart attacks in Canada and save lives."