Cardiovascular diseases are the second-leading cause of death and the leading cause of hospitalization in Canada;
Industrially produced trans fats damage cardiovascular health at any dose;
Adding partially hydrogenated oil (PHO), the main source of industrially produced trans fats, to foods has been prohibited in Canada since September 17, 2018, by regulation;
The adoption of the regulation was preceded by public consultations and a decade of voluntary measures encouraging the industry to reduce industrially produced trans fats in its recipes;
After the regulation prohibiting PHOs was adopted, the industry benefitted from a one-year reprieve to adapt and to remove PHOs from its food products;
Despite the delays previously granted, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency chose to phase in the regulation over two years, allowing the industry to continue selling PHO-containing products manufactured before September 17, 2018, to Canadians until September 2020; and
The health of Canadians must take precedence over economic interests.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to require the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to reverse its decision and enforce the prohibition on the sale of products containing PHOs no later than December 31, 2018, and, if necessary, to recall the products in question.
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