The International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) is working on eliminating industrially produced trans fats from the global food supply by 2023 in a move to align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) target.
The move was disclosed during a meeting between WHO, IFBA and several company representatives to discuss actions to be taken in order to eliminate industrial trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in processed foods.
The meeting also stressed the value of regulatory action on labeling, marketing and called industry players to fully adhere to the WHO Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes.
“The commitment made by IFBA is in line with WHO’s target to eliminate industrial trans fat from the global food supply by 2023,” said WHO’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “WHO will be monitoring the next steps to be taken by companies to help ensure the commitment is realized.”
Of particular note was the decision by IFBA members to ensure that the amount of industrial trans fat (iTFA) in their products does not exceed 2 grams per 100-gram fat/oil globally by 2023. This is in line with the WHO’s objective and recommendations of its REPLACE action package, which was developed and launched in 2018.
“Eliminating industrially-produced trans fat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save lives and create a healthier food supply,” added Dr. Tedros.
In line with the REPLACE initiative, WHO has called on all food producers and oil and fat manufacturers, not only IFBA members, to commit to the elimination of industrial trans fat from the global food supply.
Trans fat intake is responsible for over 500,000 deaths from coronary heart disease each year globally.