World Health Organization plans to eliminate trans fats from food by 2023


Media Outlets Continue Coverage Of WHO's Plan To Eliminate Trans Fats From Global Food Supply By 2023

Recently WHO floated a scheme called REPLACE that will offer instruction for all countries on how to eliminate artificial trans fats from their foods, probably causing global suppression. Multinational food producers that have switched away from trans fat products can help local producers make the move to healthier oils, according to the WHO.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was expected to issue the call to action at a news conference in Geneva on Monday.

A number of countries have already restricted or banned trans fats, including Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, Britain and the United States.

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. They are not perishable as other fats but they possess some detrimental health effects like inducing rise in the levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and intensifying possibility of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. The WHO recommends that no more than 1 percent of a person's calories come from trans fats.

The first trans fatty food to hit the US market was Crisco shortening, which went on sale in 1911.

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Trans-fatty acids can also occur naturally in meat and dairy products from ruminant animals (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats, etc). These oils, which are referred to by the term partially hydrogenated, resulted in a decreased cost of processing foods while extending the shelf life of food products causing them to become popular as an ingredient with snack foods.

Eliminating a big chunk of those deaths can be accomplished in an easier way: by banning trans fats (or trans fatty acids).

In 2015, the FDA determined that trans fats are not generally recognized as safe.

However, according to World Health Organization, 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, or implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils.

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. 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. In partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Gates Foundation-funded health organization Resolve to Save Lives, the WHO proposed an initiative to get rid of all "industrially-produced sources" of trans fats.

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