The World Health Organisation (WHO) on May 15, 2018 released REPLACE, a guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply by 2023. As per WHO, every year, trans fat intake leads to more than 500000 deaths of people from cardiovascular disease.
REPLACE provides six strategic actions to ensure complete and sustained elimination of trans fats from the food supply. The successful implementation of these six strategic actions in the REPLACE package will help in achieving the elimination of trans fat, thus, combating the cardiovascular disease.
1. Several high-income countries have almost eliminated industrially-produced trans fats through legal measures.
2. Among cities, the New York City eliminated industrially-produced trans fats a decade ago.
3. Some countries have already implemented nationwide bans on partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of trans fats.
4. Denmark was the first country to mandate restrictions on industrially-produced trans fats.
5. Action is now needed in low- and middle-income countries to ensure that the benefits are felt equally around the world.