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Unilever

Unilever is exemplary in the case of its "I can't believe its not butter" margarine product. The packaging states:

Contains no hydrogenated fat and virtually no trans fat.

However this claim appears to be a one-off. Correspondence with Unilever has failed to establish that this kind of labelling is, or will become, general across its product range.

Certain Unilver products do include hydrogenated vegetable fats and by implication trans fat, for example:

Statement

"some of our products do contain trans fats as it occurs naturally, the same as saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. We have nutritional charts on all of our products and try to include as much detail as possible including the breakdown of fat content."

Contact

Website: www.unilever.co.uk Post:: Unilever UK, Walton Court, Station Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey KT12 1UP.

Backgound information

Unilever was formed in 1930 through the merger of the British Lever brothers - which began making vegetable oil based margarines during World War I - and the Netherlands-based Margarine Union. It owns many well-know UK brands including Ben & Jerrys, Birds Eye Carte d'Or, Colemans, Cornetto, Hellemans, Flora, Knorr, Magmum, Marmite, PG Tips, Pot Noodle, Slim.Fast and Utterly Butterly.

The company was involved in the setting up of the Marine Stewardship Council - www.msc.org, which certifies sustainable fisheries.

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