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Support reforms against transfat oil to stop cardiovascular deaths, govt urged

Published by The Nation on Sat, 05 Jun 2021


There is a need for governments at all levels to support reforms that will encourage cooking oil manufacturers to replace industrially produced Transfatty Acids (TFAs) with healthier oils for an end to cardiovascular deaths.The call was made by a group of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) at a conference tagged Trans Fat and Cardiovascular Disease: Protecting the Health of the Populace through TFA Regulations which was held in Lagos recently.The Technical Adviser TFA- free Nigeria Campaign, Network for Health Equity and Development ( NHED), Jerome Mafemi, in his presentation said: These anticipated new regulations will need to be supported before calls for review on institutions of more stringent regulation.In his remarks, the Executive Director, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, (CAPPA) Akinbode Oluwafemi, said that different countries had adopted measures to reduce the transfat content in the foods consumed by their citizens, hence for Nigerians, consuming healthy and safe food is non negotiable.
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