WHO recognizes Thailand and Denmark for effort in eliminating trans fat from food industry

World Health Organization (WHO) certified countries that aim to eliminate trans fat from their food industry and Thailand and Denmark were in the top-five lists of having the best-practice policies.

“The effort to eliminate trans fat from the food industry could help reduce risks of people suffering from coronary heart disease. Being recognized by WHO meant our practice policies met the international standards. Therefore, we would continue implementing them for the best benefits of Thai people’s health,” said Dr. Narong Aphikulwanit on behalf of Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Research showed that trans fat intake posts risks to people’s health and is associated with increasing heart disease events and mortality. Trans fat can be found in margarine, artificial cream, and more. It is industrially used in baked and fried foods, pre-packaged snacks, and certain cooking oils and fats that are used at home, in restaurants or in street food.

“Replacing it with healthier oils and fats is cost effective, life-saving, and feasible without changing the taste of food or its cost to the consumer,” according to WHO.

Besides Thailand and Denmark, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, and Poland were also in the top lists of the WHO Certification Program for Trans Fat Elimination.


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One Comment on “WHO recognizes Thailand and Denmark for effort in eliminating trans fat from food industry”

  1. It’s heartening to read about the proactive measures Thailand and Denmark are taking in eliminating trans fats from their food industry, as highlighted in this article. The World Health Organization’s recognition of these efforts underscores the importance of public health initiatives at a global level.

    This approach to improving public health through policy changes is reminiscent of the commitment to quality and safety we see in industries like construction and home improvement. For instance, companies like Gates Perth are dedicated to providing high-quality, safe solutions for homes and businesses. Just as eliminating trans fats can have a significant impact on public health, ensuring the safety and quality of our living spaces is equally vital.

    It’s encouraging to see countries like Thailand, Denmark, and others on WHO’s list making such strides. It sets an excellent example for other nations to follow in various sectors, including health and safety in both food and living environments.

    Looking forward to seeing more of such positive changes on a global scale.

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