25 Apr 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) is making eliminating trans fats globally a priority, and is calling on governments, the food industry and foodservice industry to help make their goals achievable. 

If the WHO is successful they say that the world could be completely free of trans fats by 2023.

In order to achieve this target, the 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.
  • 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.

The WHO says that elimating trans fats is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save lives and create a healthier food supply.

In a statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General it says:

"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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