Following the US division of worldwide fried chicken empire KFC's promise to
stop using artificial fats, the Chinese division Wednesday assured diners
its chicken is fried in unhydrogenated palm oil.
KFC Corp (China) said it cooks its fried chicken in the healthier natural
oil, which does not contain harmful trans fatty acids as many as found in the
artificial cooking oils KFC uses in the US.
"We are very glad
to hear that KFC (United States) has changed to frying oil without trans fatty
acids," KFC (China) said in a statement yesterday.
"All KFC products meet the national food safety standard," it said. "KFC also
has a special office for food safety to ensure customers' health."
Aside from promising the company's products met safety standards, the
statement also advised diners adopt a balanced, diverse diet and avoid
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
has made no comment on KFC's cooking, but has said it will look into it.
Business in Beijing's KFC restaurants continued as usual yesterday.
"I only eat at KFC occasionally, so I don't worry too much about its impact
on my health," said a woman customer. "I think KFC, as a famous brand, will take
measures to prevent harmful ingredients being used," she added.
The National Food Quality Supervision and Inspection Centre has drawn up a
national standard for trans fatty acids in food, which has been submitted to the
Standardization Administration of China for approval.
An expert from the centre was quoted by the Beijing News as saying trans
fatty acids have not yet been listed as a daily examination item, for lack of a
"Palm oil might also contain traces of trans fatty acids but not to the
extent that can damage health," the expert said.
KFC outlets in New York and Chicago have started cooking their fried chicken
in new oil which has fewer fatty acids than the artificial oil they previously
used in recent weeks, following claims their food increases the risk of heart
Trans fatty acids, also called trans fats, are produced in the process of
hydrogenation of plant oils.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, eating trans fats raises
low-density lipoprotein levels so-called bad cholesterol and increases the risk
of coronary heart disease.