Fats, oils, food and food service industries should join global effort to eliminate industrial trans fat from processed food by 2023 -WHO

Fats, oils, food and food service industries should join global effort to eliminate industrial trans fat from processed food by 2023 -WHO

Fats, oils,
food and food service industries should join global effort to eliminate
industrial trans fat from processed food by 2023 -WHO

Statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General

05th
May 2019

The
elimination of industrially-produced trans fat from the global food supply is a
WHO priority and a target in the 13th General Programme of Work (GPW), which
will guide the WHO through 2023.

As part of
WHO’s efforts to provide support to governments to eliminate
industrially-produced trans fat from their nation’s food supply, and replace
these harmful compounds with healthier fats and oils, the REPLACE action
package was developed and launched in May 2018.

To meet this
target, we call not only on governments’ commitment, but also on industry to
commit and act to replace industrially-produced trans fat with healthier fats
and oils.

WHO calls on
the fats, oils and food industry, including the food service industry, to
commit to the following:

Reformulate foods to eliminate industrially-produced trans fat: Set, commit to, and meet trans fat elimination targets by 2023 or earlier for all products across global product lines, in line with the WHO recommendation for all food categories (<2 grams per 100 grams of total fat or oil in all foods) without replacement with saturated fat.

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Label
trans fat content:

Implement trans fat labelling on any pre-packaged food.

Increase
supply of healthier fats and oils:
Increase the supply of replacement alternatives low in
saturated fat.

Evaluate
commitments:
Support
the implementation of an independent evaluation to monitor the progress and
achievement of commitments made, including disclosing annually the company
volume of production of industrially-produced trans fat and country-specific
quantity of the volume of sales.

There has
been important progress moving from partially hydrogenated oils to healthier
oils, particularly in high-income countries.

But much
more needs to be done.

Eliminating
industrially-produced trans fat is one of the simplest and most effective ways
to save lives and create a healthier food supply.

There are 130 million babies born around the world each year. With industry’s commitment and cooperation, none of them will ever have to be exposed to the dangers of industrially-produced trans fat by 2023.

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