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Trans fat responsible for over 500,000 deaths: WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom
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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Rohit Shishodia
Each year, around 5 lakh people succumbed to death due to coronary heart disease triggered by intake of foods containing transfats, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

The figures have been given by the WHO on the occasion of recent partnership between WHO and International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to eliminate industry produced trans fat from the world food supply by 2023.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, DG, WHO, had a recent meeting with IFBA representatives including CEOs from 12 companies comprising the alliance recently to discuss measures to eliminate industrial trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in processed foods.

Dr Tedros stressed that eliminating trans fat from industrial processed food is the simplest way to protect lives and create a healthier food supply. He added that the commitment made by IFBA is in line with WHO’s target to end industrial trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

IFBA members have ensured that the amount of industrial trans fat (iTFA) in their food products does not exceed 2 g of iTFA per 100 g fat/oil globally by 2023, which has been in line with the WHO’s objective and recommendations of its REPLACE action package.


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