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REPLACE Action Package Aims To Help Nations Eliminate Trans Fats From Food Supplies

The Lancet: REPLACE: a roadmap to make the world trans fat free by 2023
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO, and Thomas R. Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives

“…WHO has identified the elimination of industrially produced trans fat (an artificial product contained in partially hydrogenated oils) from the food supply as an effective and cost-effective intervention to prevent cardiovascular disease. Industrially produced trans fat causes an estimated 540,000 deaths each year worldwide. … On May 14, 2018, WHO and Resolve to Save Lives announced the REPLACE initiative to make the world trans fat free by 2023. The REPLACE action package provides countries with tools they can implement now to eliminate industrially produced trans fats from their national food supplies. REPLACE is the first global initiative to eliminate a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. … This is a fundamental issue of health equity — there is no reason that people in lower-income countries should continue to be exposed to a toxic chemical from which people in many wealthier countries have adequate protection. Every individual deserves to have the greatest possible level of protection for their health…” (5/14).

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