Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

World Health Organization urges ban on industrial trans-fats by 2023

World Health Organization urges ban on industrial trans-fats by 2023

The World Health Organization has reportedly introduced REPLACE - a step-by-step guide for annihilating industrially produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply chain.

New York Times: Trans Fats Should be Eliminated Worldwide by 2023, WHO Says (Jacobs, 5/14).

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

"It's a crisis level, and it's major front in our fight now", WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday at a Geneva news conference.

Health experts say they can be replaced with canola oil or other products.

Trans-fatty acids can also occur naturally in meat and dairy products from ruminant animals (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats, etc).

Legislate or promote regulations or regulations to eliminate these substances from food.

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The WHO recommendations recommend not consuming more than 2.2 grams of trans-fat per day (equivalent to approximately 1% of the daily nutritional recommendations).

In the Indian context, the World Health Organization has termed ghee as a trans fat laden food, despite mounting evidence on the "good fat" in it. "Industrially-produced trans fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and ghee, and are often present in snack food, baked foods, and fried foods".

"The world is now setting its sights on today's leading killers - particularly heart disease, which kills more people than any other cause in nearly every country", said Frieden, president of Resolve to Save Lives, a New-York-based project of an organization called Vital Strategies.

In the USA, the first trans fatty food to hit the market was Crisco shortening, which went on sale in 1911. They became popular in the 1950s through 1970s with the discovery of the negative health impacts of saturated fatty acids. They used them in doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods. If the levels are not controlled, this increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

As per sources, numerous developed nations have already removed trans-fats from the food supply, imposing legal restrictions on packaged food.

Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, has declared that NY has become the first state in the USA that has followed the footsteps of Denmark by eliminating trans-fats a decade ago. 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. FDA officials have not said how much progress has been made or how they will enforce their rule against food makers that don't comply.

Eliminating these fats is the "key to protecting health and saving lives", it said, in a statement.

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