Plan of Action for the Elimination of Industrially Produced Trans-Fatty Acids 2020-2025
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[Introduction]: Industrially produced trans-fatty acids (IP-TFA) are a significant and preventable contributing factor to the burden of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the Americas. June 2018 marks a decade since the 2008 Trans Fat Free Americas: Declaration of Rio de Janeiro pledged cooperation between the public sector and industry to eliminate and replace IP-TFA in the food supply. While significant progress has been made, the goal set out in the Declaration of Rio de Janeiro has not been achieved, indicating that voluntary means alone are not sufficient. Over time, elimination of IP-TFA through regulatory measures has proven to be an evidence-based, low-cost approach that offers the most reliable path forward to end this public health problem. This Plan of Action for the Elimination of Industrially Produced Trans-Fatty Acids 2020-2025 proposes to complete the removal of this harmful product by fully scaling up the adoption and implementation of IP-TFA elimination policies throughout the Americas. For optimal effectiveness, proposed regulatory Introduction policy should be accompanied by other policies and best practices for enforcement, labeling, assessment of progress, and education. The Plan of Action is based on the evidence of health harms of trans-fatty acids; on prior resolutions and the work of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO); on analyses of the Region’s important progress on this issue to date, including lessons learned and challenges encountered in both voluntary and regulatory efforts to reduce or eliminate IP-TFA; and, lastly, on extensive input from consultations with Member States. This Plan of Action proposes a strategic course of action for Member States and for the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) between 2020 and 2025 that would lead to virtual elimination of IP-TFA from the food supply in the Americas by 2025...
Pan American Health Organization. Plan of Action for the Elimination of Industrially Produced Trans-Fatty Acids 2020-2025. Washington, D.C.: PAHO; 2020.
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