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The government of Ghana is considering the introduction of a ban on trans fatty acid (TFA) foods, Modern Ghana reported on 4 October.

A meeting organised by the Institute of Leadership and Development for ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) was held to discuss the need for the country to formulate and enforce such a ban, according to the report.

INSLA director Benjamin Anabila said the aim of the meeting was to discuss the replacement of TFAs with healthier oils and fats through the implementation of Ghana’s Public Health Act and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) REPLACE Trans Fat Technical package in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, Modern Ghana said.

However, a consultative meeting was not enough to achieve the plan, according to INSLA project coordinator Issah Ali, and stakeholders in the health sector had to do more to achieve the aim.

“INSLA … will do its best to see to it that laws on TFAs are formulated and enforced,” he said.

Dr Naoko Yamamoto from WHO’s Geneva office encouraged nations worldwide to work within the WHO’s published protocols on TFA, Modern Ghana wrote.

South Africa had the best TFA practice in Africa, according to Dr Yamamoto, and Nigeria had formulated a policy on TFA which had yet to be enforced. However, little had been done to address the issue in the West African sub-region, she added.

Ghana’s deputy minister for health Asei Mahama said his ministry was ready to collaborate with INSLA on the issue, Modern Ghana reported.

“Most of the food sold on our markets contains TFA and we must all be vigilant to help curb the menace,” he was quoted as saying.

INSLA is a not-for-profit civil society organisation (CSO) centre for strengthening leadership capacity and promotion of development.