The World Health Organization released a plan Monday that aims to eliminate trans-fatty acids from the world’s food supply within the next five years.
The REPLACE plan has six strategic actions. The RE stands for reviewing dietary sources of trans fatty acids; the P for promoting replacements; L for legislating actions; A for assessing trans fats content; C for creating awareness and E for enforcing compliance.
“Implementing the six strategic actions in the REPLACE package will help achieve the elimination of trans fat, and represent a major victory in the global fight against cardiovascular disease,” WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
Trans fats are found in products manufacturers want to give a longer shelf life. They are also in fried foods since oils with trans fats can be used many times in commercial fryers, the American Heart Association said.
The WHO estimates trans fats lead to more than 500,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease every year.