WHO unveils new certification recognizing countries that have eliminated trans-fats

GLOBAL – The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a new certification programme to recognise countries that have eliminated industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFA) from their national food supplies. According to the global health body, TFA is a risk factor for noncommunicable diseases and increased intake (>1% of total energy intake) is associated with coronary heart disease events and premature death. Industrially produced TFA is 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.…

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WHO, Civil society organizations urge compliance with Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes

GLOBAL – In order to help ensure that all infants and young children worldwide are optimally breastfed and eat a healthy diet, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other civil society organizations have made a Call to Action to all manufacturers of breast milk substitute (BMS). The invitation appeals to all manufacturers of breastmilk substitutes to make a public commitment to and achieve full compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and all its subsequent resolutions (the Code) by 2030. It…

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