WHO plan to eliminate artificial trans-fatty acids from global food supply

22 May 2018

Article: 52/2008

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants to eliminate industrially produced trans fats from the global food supply. Artificial trans fats are often contained in hardened vegetable fats, such as margarine and ghee, and are often present in snack food, baked foods and fried goods. The WHO estimates that every year trans fat intake contributes to the death of more than 500,000 persons worldwide from cardiovascular disease.

The WHO has released a step-by-step strategy on how to achieve the elimination of industrially made trans fats called REPLACE. This stands for REviews dietary sources, Promote use of healthier fats, Legislate, Assess changes, Create awareness and Enforcement.

Source: WHO, 14 May 2018