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‘Replace’ Campaign By WHO

‘Replace’ Campaign By WHO

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  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched ‘REPLACE’ campaign to eliminate industrially-produced artificial Trans-fats from the global food supply by 2023.

‘REPLACE’ campaign by WHO:

  • WHO estimates that every year, trans fat intake leads to over 5,00,000 deaths worldwide from cardiovascular diseases.
  • Industrially-produced Trans-fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats such as margarine and and ghee, and are often present in snack, baked, and fried foods.
  • Manufacturers often use them as they have a longer shelf life than other fats.  “REPLACE” CAMPAIGN by WHO
  • But, healthier alternatives can be used, which would not affect taste or cost of food.
  • WHO has told governments to use ‘REPLACE’ action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the food supply by 2023.
    • REPLACE is abbreviated in six strategic actions as Review, Promote, Legislate, Assess, Create awareness and Enforce….
    • Six areas of action include:
    • Review: dietary sources of industrially produced transfats and landscape for required policy change.
    • Promote replacement of industrially produced transfats with healtier fats and oils.
    • Legislate or enact regulatory actions to eliminate industrially produced transfat.
    • Assess and monitor trans-fat content in the food supply and changes in transfat consumption in the population.
    • Create awareness of the negative health impact of trans-fat among policy makers, producers, suppliers and the public. “REPLACE” CAMPAIGN by WHO
    • Enforce compliance with policies and regulations.
  • The initiative provides six strategic actions to ensure the prompt, complete, and sustained elimination of industrially-produced Trans-fats from food supply.
  • Action is needed in low and middle-income countries, where controls of use of industrially-produced Trans-fats are often weaker, to ensure that the benefits are felt equally around the world. “REPLACE” CAMPAIGN by WHO

 

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