This is yet another example of suboptimal policymaking from the European Commission and disregards global consensus on the need to remove TFAs from the food system. In June 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took measures towards removing trans fats from processed foods by banning it from the food supply chain within three years. The FDA says that trans fats are not ‘recognised as safe’ and the ban is ‘expected to reduce coronary heart disease’. The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, has been a vocal opponent against trans fats, working towards a ban with her ‘Let’s move!’ initiative to curtail childhood obesity. In addition, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends reducing ‘trans fat intake to less than 1% of total energy intake’, indicating that trans fats are not ‘part of a healthy diet’.
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The EU Health Directorate knows better, and to claim otherwise is delivering suboptimal results for EU citizens. The bigger question: why is the EU so far behind in removing TFAs from the supply chain when so much of the rest of the world has already done so?