World Health Organization plans to eliminate trans fats from food by 2023


"World Health Organization 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 Ghebreyesus.

"WHO calls on governments to use the REPLACE action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply,"said WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus".

Officials think it can be done in five years because the work is well under way in many countries.

Switzerland, Britain, Canada, and the United States 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.

Several countries have already put in measures to cut back trans fats from their food supply. So until that time, you're not completely guaranteed to be avoiding trans fats - make sure to double check your food labels (anything listed as "partially-hydrogenated oil" is a trans fat).

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".

Other European countries followed Denmark's lead.

According to WHO, REPLACE provides six strategic actions to ensure the prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially-produced trans-fats from food supply.

Denmark was the first country to impose mandatory restrictions on industrially-produced trans fats in 2003, and according to World Health Organization, have since witnessed a decline in cardiovascular disease-related deaths.

Heart disease - the leading cause of death worldwide- accounts for 610,000 deaths, or a quarter of all deaths, in the USA every year, according to the government. Those nations, however, picked up the habit initially thanks to Western food conglomerates - trans fats do occur in tiny natural quantities in meat and cheese (they're therefore thought to be far less harmful), but in the 1950s they became an industrial product manufactured for margarine, shortenings like Crisco, packaged pastries, and almost anything fried.

Big Food dragged its feet on cutting back for years because it claimed that things like doughnuts, frosting, and frozen pizza wouldn't taste the same. Trans fats increase the levels of a type of cholesterol linked to cardiovascular disease risk. It's usage increased in the 1950's, when people began to believe that trans fats were a healthier alternative to butter and lard.

In the U.S., New York City in 2006 banned restaurants from serving food with trans fats.

"Although trans fats extend the shelf life of food, we think the priority should be the length and health of human life". She said Nestle'; has eliminated these from 99.8% of fats and oils the company uses. It is unclear how much progress has been made or how the rule will be enforced against noncompliant food makers.

"The removal of trans fats from the food supply as an additive counts as one of the major public health victories of the last decade", said Laura MacCleery, policy director for the Washington, D.C. -based advocacy group, Center for Science in the Public Interest.