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Webinar: Dismantling remaining barriers to be trans fat free by 2023

Dismantling barriers to be trans fat free by 2023

The Coronavirus pandemic has illustrated the importance of public health and disease prevention measures, not only for infectious diseases, but also for non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and care. People living with NCDs and particularly cardiovascular disease are particularly at risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19. As a result, the urgent need for policy measures to protect cardiovascular health is more apparent than  ever.

One example of ‘low-hanging fruit’ in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, is the elimination of industrially produced trans fatty acids (iTFA), common in baked goods, prepackaged foods, and some cooking oils. iTFAs are a major contributor to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and NCDs worldwide, estimated to cause over half a million deaths every year. iTFA have no known health benefits and can be replaced in foods without impacting their consistency, taste, and cost.

This virtual event will focus on what is working well in iTFA elimination strategies with a particular regional focus, and on where gaps to achieve iTFA elimination still exist, particularly looking at commercial entities in the food supply chain that have not yet been reached by regulation or voluntary commitments. It will provide an opportunity for WHO and representatives of governments and civil society to highlight wins in achieving the goal of an iTFA-free world by 2023 and to review progress made since the launch of WHO’s REPLACE action package in May 2018.


Tuesday, 17 November 2020 at 13:00-14:30 GMT / 14:00-15:30 CET


  • Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO


  • Rita Teaotia, Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
  • Dr Tom Frieden, President and CEO, Resolve to Save Live
  • Dr Eunice Pang, Deputy Director, Department of Policy and Strategy Development, Policy, Research and Surveillance Division, Health Promotion Board, Singapore
  • Dr Sabine Jülicher, Director for Food and Feed Safety, Innovation, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
  • Laurène Aubert, Manager, SUN Business Network’s Global Partnerships and GAIN N4G Lead, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Ana Larrañaga, Director General, Salud Crítica (Mexico Salud-Hable Coalition member), Mexico

Download panellists' presentations here.