CAG has been working towards effective implementation of the trans fat regulations in Tamil Nadu. Artificially produced trans fats like vanaspati, margarine, bakery shortenings, are harmful as they are major contributors to non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, cancer, etc. Used cooking oil is also an important source of trans fat. Experts say that during repeated frying , many properties of oil are altered.
Savitha Thirunavukkarasu, Researcher - Consumer Protection
Sharing Resources and Sustainable Consumption (SRSC) is about protecting the environment and natural resources from environmental degradation, and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle. Our consumption patterns have changed over the years due to several reasons like scientific and technological innovations, concepts of globalisation, liberalisation and the like. We consume more resources in daily life, in the form of transportation, electricity, appliances/accessories, logistics etc.
Globally, unhealthy diets are the main reason for the increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and the like, resulting in innumerable deaths year after year. Varieties of processed and ultra-processed foods, which contain trans fats, high salt, sugar, saturated fats, and refined carbohydrates, are available in the market making it hard for consumers to identify and select the ones that are nutritious.
CAG’ s survey report on ‘Understanding Trans fats - a Tamil Nadu focused multi-stakeholder study on usage, consumption, health implications, and laws’, reveals that most of the general consumers are not aware of the source and the ill effects of trans fats.
15th March is World Consumer Rights Day, an annual occasion for celebration, impact and global solidarity within the international consumer movement. Each year, consumer organisations mark the day by joining together to highlight and raise awareness on an issue that is important to consumers around the world.
CAG supports the implementation of national trans fats regulations in the state of Tamil Nadu and demands for reduction of trans fat limits to less than 3% by 2021 and 2% by 2022 in order to protect people from non-communicable diseases.
CAG conducted a campaign to create awareness among college students and low income families on the need to share and the potential to raise an income from participating in the reuse-recycling process.
CAG, represented by S. Saroja, has been elected to the CI Council in the General Assembly held in Estoril, Portugal in May 2019. Saroja was the consensus candidate from India, which has a representation of 8 full members in CI. CI is headquartered in London and is the world federation of consumer groups that serves as the only independent and authoritative global voice for consumers, having over 240 member organisations in 120 countries. In addition to the President, around 15 members from across various regions are elected to the council who will serve a term of four years.