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World Health Organization urges ban on industrial trans-fats by 2023

World Health Organization urges ban on industrial trans-fats by 2023

It's responsible for more than 17 million deaths each year. Denmark did it 15 years ago, and since then the United States and more than 40 other higher-income countries have been working on getting the heart-clogging additives out of their food supplies.

Branca said that there are some countries where the risk is at the zenith like South Asian countries. Multinational food producers that have switched away from trans fat products can help local producers make the move to healthier oils, according to the WHO.

Trans-fatty acids can also occur naturally in meat and dairy products from ruminant animals (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats, etc).

Earlier this month World Health Organization issued its first draft recommendations on trans fats since 2002, saying adults and children should consume a maximum of one percent of their daily calories in the form of trans fats.

A ban on the processed fats would save half a million lives each year, World Health Organization says. In India, that number is pegged at about 60,000 deaths, said Tom Frieden, former Head of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention told Business Line, speaking from Geneva. The U.S. now has a ban in place going into effect next month. Manufacturers often use them as they have a longer shelf life than other fats. They used them in such fare as doughnuts, cookies and deep-fried foods. Strokes and heart disease are both tied to diets high in trans fat.

The agency estimates that every year trans-fat intake leads to more than 500,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease.

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Eliminating a big chunk of those deaths can be accomplished in an easier way: by banning trans fats (or trans fatty acids).

In this photo illustration, a Marie Callender's pie, which has 3.5 grams of trans fat, and Land O Lakes Margarine, which has 3 grams of trans fat, are seen together on June 16, 2015, in Miami Beach, Florida.

Many manufacturers cut back, and studies showed trans fat levels in the blood of middle-aged US adults fell by almost 60 percent by the end of the decade.

The organisation is asking all governments to use its REPLACE action plan to swap trans fats for healthier options, which it says will not affect the taste or cost of food. FDA officials have not said how much progress has been made or how they will enforce their rule against food makers that don't comply.

Elimination of industrially-produced trans fats from the global food supply has been identified as one of the priority targets of WHO's strategic plan for 2019-2023.