The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on governments and food manufacturers around the world to ban of the use of industrially-produced trans fats in all food products by 2020. Natural trans fats are only produced in small quantities in the gut of some animals, while artificial trans fats are much more common and are created through an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.
Those hydrogenated fats are often used in processed foods or baked goods, because they don't spoil as quickly as other fats.
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Launching REPLACE, a plan to eliminate trans fats from the global food supply, WHO said that the move was crucial to protecting the health of individuals everywhere.
P romote the replacement these trans fats with healthier fats and oils.
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"The reality is that global food companies have done an incredible job reducing trans fats in rich countries, but they have largely ignored Asia and Africa". Carbohydrates, sugar, salt, and saturated fats have all gotten a bad rap at some point, but none of them have become true villains in food-not like trans fat has.
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. The determination from the FDA said that removing the trans fats "could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year".
Rocco Renaldi, Secretary-General of IFBA, said, "Our progress has been significant - at the end of 2017, on an aggregated basis, we estimate that industrially produced trans fat had been removed from 98.8% of IFBA companies' global product portfolios".
"WHO is also using this milestone to work with governments, the food industry, academia and civil society to make food systems healthier for future generations, including by eliminating industrially-produced trans fats", said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. It's usage increased in the 1950's, when people began to believe that trans fats were a healthier alternative to butter and lard.
Create awareness of the negative health impact of trans fats among policymakers, producers, suppliers, and the public.
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"Why should our children have such an unsafe ingredient in their foods?", World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in the statement.
Enforce compliance of policies and regulations. In June, all the products in the United States must be trans fats free.
In 2015, the FDA took steps to finish the job of eliminating trans fats, calling for manufacturers to stop selling trans fatty foods by June 18, 2018 - a deadline that arrives next month.
Several high-income countries have already come close to completely eliminating trans fat from their foods through laws limiting the amount that can be included in packaged food.
The WHO drew attention to Denmark, the first country to mandate restrictions on industrially produced trans fats, where trans fat content of food products declined dramatically.
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