Trans fat intake is responsible for over 5 Lakhs deaths from coronary heart disease each year globally.

Trans fat intake is responsible for over 5 Lakhs deaths from coronary heart disease each year globally.

WHO
welcomes industry action to align with global trans fat elimination targets

Geneva 7 May 2019 | The world Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the commitment by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to align with the WHO target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

WHO
Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with IFBA representatives,
including chief executive officers from several of the 12 companies comprising
the alliance, on 2 May 2019 to discuss actions to take to eliminate industrial
trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in processed foods.

The meeting
also stressed the value of regulatory action on labelling, marketing and called
industry to full adherence to the WHO Code of marketing of Breast Milk
Substitutes.

“The
commitment made by IFBA is in line with WHO’s target to eliminate industrial
trans fat from the global food supply by 2023,” Dr Tedros said. “WHO will be
monitoring the next steps to be taken by companies to help ensure the
commitment is realized.”

Of
particular note was the decision to by IFBA members to ensure that the amount
of industrial trans fat (iTFA) in their products does not exceed 2 g of iTFA
per 100 g fat/oil globally by 2023. This is in line with the WHO’s objective
and recommendations of its REPLACE action package, which was developed and launched
in 2018.

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

In line with
the REPLACE initiative, WHO has called on all food producers and oil and fat
manufacturers, not only IFBA members, to commit to elimination of industrial
trans fat from the global food supply.

Trans fat intake is responsible for over 500,000 deaths from coronary heart disease each year globally.

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