Food giants pledge to reduce trans fat in global food supply

Twelve of the world’s largest food companies have pledged to reduce trans fat in the global food supply, to align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal of phasing out industrially-produced trans-fats (iTFAs) by 2023.

The International Food & Beverage Alliance (IFBA) – which unites 12 of the leading food and beverage companies – announced on 7 May that at the end of 2018, its members had met a 2016 commitment to reduce iTFAs in their products to insignificant levels (less than one gram of fat per 100g of product) across 98.5% of their products worldwide.

The companies were now committing to align their global standard with the WHO’s recommended maximum iTFA threshold of not more than two grams of iTFA per 100g of fat or oil by 2023.

The new iTFA commitment included fast food chain McDonald’s, which was not part of the 2016 commitment.

“Working closely with WHO under the leadership of its director general Dr Tedros Adhanom, the CEOs of IFBA have made a strong commitment on industrially-produced trans fats. This is a demonstration of effective partnerships, leveraging the authority of WHO and the scale and commitment of the private sector for tangible public health outcomes”, said IFBA secretary-general Rocco Renaldi.

The twelve companies covered by the new IFBA pledge are Danone, Ferrero, General Mills, Grupo Bimbo, Kellogg’s, Mars, McDonald’s, Mondelez International, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever and The Coca-Cola Co.