Kathmandu, November 1
A group of health professionals have demanded that Nepal eliminate the use of trans fat in industrial food products. They submitted a policy brief to Health Minister Birodh Khatiwada, highlighting the demand, on Monday.
The delegation of Nepal Heart Foundation also met Health Secretary Dr Roshan Pokhrel and presented the same document.
The foundation says the use of trans fat should stop as the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated trans fat-contained food consumption causes heart-related diseases.
“The WHO states that by eliminating industrially-produced trans fat and replacing it with healthier oils could save 500,000 lives annually.”
The delegation demanded the government take initiatives to make the public aware of the adverse impact of trans fat used in food products.
The minister and the secretary are positive about the demand, according to the foundation.