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Detail

Area
World Health Organization (WHO)
Commodity Group
Oilseeds, oils and meals
Commodity
Saturated fatty acids, trans-fatty acids
Date
01/05/2018
Policy Category
Other
Policy Instrument
Health policy
Description
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued i) a call for public comments on draft recommendations about the intake of saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids meant to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases; and ii) a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.
Notes
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a call for public comments on draft guidelines about the intake of saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids, with the aim to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases in adults and children. Furthermore, the organization released a step-by-step guide for the elimination of harmful industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply chain. The guide recommends six strategic actions, namely: reviewing dietary sources of trans fats and the landscape for required policy change; promoting the replacement of trans fats with healthier fats and oils; legislating regulatory actions to eliminate trans fats; assessing trans fat content in the food supply chain and monitoring changes in trans fat uptake; creating awareness of the negative health impact of trans fats; and enforcing compliance of policies and regulations. The WHO’s target is to eliminate the harmful compound worldwide by 2023.