World Health Organization calls for removal of trans fat in food supply by 2023

Leslie Hanson
May 15, 2018

There are also naturally occurring trans fats in some meats and dairy products.

Industrially produced trans-fats are found in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine, and often in snacks, baked and fried foods.

The agency estimates that every year trans-fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Create awareness of the negative impact of trans-fats on different audiences: decision makers, food producers, industrial suppliers, and the general public. He further stated that implementing the six strategies in the REPLACE plan will help in eliminating the prevalence of trans-fat, thereby signifying a pivotal victory for WHO's initiative to combat cardiovascular ailments.

Trans fats should be less than 1 per cent of the total count (less than 2.2gm per day in a 2,000 calorie); both fats must be replaced by polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fat.

The call to eliminate trans fats follows from the WHO's updated guidelines on fat - already being contested by experts - that were released on May 4.

USA TODAY: Trans fats should be banned, World Health Organization says (Bomey, 5/14).

In the US, the first trans fatty food to hit the market was Crisco shortening, which went on sale in 1911. "Trans-fats are a toxic chemical that kills, and there is no need for people around the world to continue exposing themselves to them", said Tom Frieden, president of the "Resolved to Save Lives" association, who works directly with WHO in their plans against trans-fats. Trans fatty foods became increasingly popular beginning in the 1950s, partly because experts at the time thought they were healthier than cooking with butter or lard. They used them in doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods.

But studies gradually revealed that trans fats wreck cholesterol levels in the blood and drive up the risk of heart disease.

Several high-income countries have virtually eliminated industrially-produced trans fats through legally imposed limits on the amount that can be contained in packaged food.

Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, has declared that NY has become the first state in the US that has followed the footsteps of Denmark by eliminating trans-fats a decade ago.

Many manufacturers cut back, and studies showed trans fat levels in the blood of middle-aged USA adults fell by almost 60 percent by the end of the decade. For the record, Denmark had set an example for other nations by becoming the first to take an initiative of restricting the use of industrially manufactured trans-fats in food supply.

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