Centara goes trans fat free

BANGKOK, 1 February 2019: Centara Hotels & Resorts has discontinued all use of trans fat in its food and beverage operations to comply with new guidelines from Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health.

The hotel group recently completed an audit of its bakery, restaurant and catering operations to ensure the elimination of potentially harmful oils that have used by the food industry worldwide for many years.

Customers’ health and wellness have always been a top priority of Centara’s operation. Since the implementation of the trans fat free initiative three months ago, Centara has served approximately 3 to 4 million meals of trans-fat free food to over 1.5 million guests.

“We reassure our guests that pastries at our Zing bakeries, pizza and fries at our COAST beach bistros, and all the other food they enjoy at Centara, are free of trans-fat,” said Centara Hotels & Resorts corporate director of operations food & beverage, Winfried Hancke. “Our chefs and F&B managers have been diligent and resourceful to achieve this goal for the health and wellness of our guests and staff.”

Trans-fat, from partially-hydrogenated vegetable oils, was introduced by the food industry in the mid-20th century. It helped prolong the shelf life and reduce costs of processed foods. Trans fat was typically used in fried foods, margarine and vegetable shortening, salad dressings, processed snacks and non-dairy creamer.

Recent research showed that trans-fat increases the risk of heart disease and strokes by lowering good cholesterol (HDL) and raising bad cholesterol (LDL). Its growing use coincided with increased cardiovascular disease. Health and nutrition advocates praised the MOPH for its initiative to halt the production, import and distribution of industrially-produced trans fats and food products containing them.

The Ministry announced the new policy in July of last year along with guidelines for compliance within six months.

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