Fat chance: no new regulations for trans fats, say Aglukkaq

OTTAWA — Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq confirmed Tuesday the federal government won't fulfil a promise to regulate trans fats in foods if voluntary measures failed. Facing questions from the Opposition in the House of Commons about newly released internal records showing she killed a government plan in 2009 to impose strict limits on trans fats in food products after the voluntary approach didn't get the job done, Aglukkaq said she won't add a "regulatory burden" to industry..."Health experts are clear, the provinces are onboard and families are trying to make healthier choices for their kids. In fact, there was a plan in place but the large food companies complained and, guess what, the minister killed it. In 2009, the minister wrote, 'further action is needed.' Can the minister tell us if she was wrong then or is she wrong now?" NDP health critic Libby Davies asked Aglukkaq during question period Tuesday.