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WHO Offers Plan to Eliminate Industrially-Produced Trans Fatty Acids
One week after suggesting that adults and children reduce their intake of trans fatty acids to less than 1% of total energy intake (see our May 8, 2018 blog for details), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a plan aimed at eliminating industrially-produced trans fatty acids from the global food supply. The plan, REPLACE, is in the form of a step-by-step guide.
REPLACE consists of six steps:
REview dietary sources of industrially-produced trans fats and the landscape for required policy change
Promote the replacement of industrially-produced trans fats with healthier fats and oils
Legislate or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially-produced trans fats
Assess and monitor trans fats content in the food supply and changes in trans fat consumption in the population
Create awareness of the negative health impact of trans fats among policy makers, producers, suppliers, and the public
Enforce compliance of policies and regulations
WHO estimates that trans fat leads to more than 500,000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease each year. WHO is calling on governments to use the REPLACE action package to achieve the elimination of industrially-produced trans fatty acids from the global food supply, which was identified as one of the priority targets of WHO’s strategic plan, the draft 13thGeneral Programme of Work (GPW13). As part of the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, the global community has committed to reducing premature death from noncommunicable diseases by one-third by 2030.
As previously reported on this blog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final determination on June 16, 2015, revoking the GRAS status for partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) based on the link between trans fats and health risks. The compliance date is June 18. FDA has in presentations indicated that recalls of products containing PHO’s will not be required where the products were introduced in interstate commerce before that date (IEG Policy – subscription required). Agency officials promise further clarification will also be provided shortly.