Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

World Health Organization wants to eliminate artificial trans fats by 2023

World Health Organization wants to eliminate artificial trans fats by 2023

The WHO said action against trans fats is needed in low-income and middle-income countries where controls of use of industrially-produced trans fats are weaker than those in many high-income countries. A 2017 directive from the FSSAI had ordered all food safety commissioners in states to ensure that interesterified vegetable oils, fats, hydrogenated vegetable oils, fat spreads do contain no more than five percent trans fats.

Trans fats are popular with manufacturers of fried, baked and snack foods because they have a long shelf life, but they are bad for consumers, increasing heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent, a World Health Organization statement said.

LDL is described as the bad cholesterol because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced their campaign to institute a global ban of trans fat in foods around the world by the year 2023.

It is an artificial oil commonly called trans fat. The recommendations of the REPLACE program include promoting the replacement of hydrogenated oils and vegetable fats with healthier alternatives, monitoring trans fats in food supplies, and create awareness regarding the adverse side effects of consuming trans fats.

"The reality is that global food companies have done an wonderful job reducing trans fats in rich countries, but they have largely ignored Asia and Africa".

WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, Michael R. Bloomberg, a three-term mayor of New York city and the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: "Banning trans fats in New York City helped reduce the number of heart attacks without changing the taste or cost of food, and eliminating their use around the world can save millions of lives".

Switzerland, Britain, Canada, and the USA have all already moved to ban trans fats, and Thailand is expected to make a similar decree in the next month, according to the New York Times. It estimated that every year, trans-fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular diseases. Mondelez, the maker of Oreo, thinks its products will be free of partially hydrogenated oil - trans fat - by year's end, and Nestlé tells The Wall Street Journal that it's cut trans fats by 99.8 percent, and expects to soon reach "complete removal" of any kind derived from PHOs.

Denmark banned trans fats in their food 15 years ago.

The International Food and Beverage Alliance - a Geneva group representing food companies including Kellogg Co., General Mills Inc., McDonald's Corp. and Unilever NV - said its members have removed industrially produced trans fat from 98.8% of their global product portfolios. There are also naturally occurring trans fats in some meats and dairy products.

"Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?" asks Dr Tedros. Health advocates say trans fats are the most harmful fat in the food supply.

Assess and monitor trans fats content in the food supply and changes in trans fat consumption in the population. In the developed parts of the world, trans fats are becoming rarer and rarer.

E nforce compliance of new and existing policies and regulations.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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