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Call for trans-fats food ban

22nd June 2010

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has said that trans-fats should be banned from foods for sale in England.


The fats are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used in junk food and biscuits to lengthen how long products can be available for sale.

Trans-fats can increase bad cholesterol and are outlawed in Denmark and Switzerland.

NICE also want to see the levels of fat and salt in foods to be cut further, in order to stop deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Cardiovascular disease causes 150,000 deaths in the UK every year and NICE experts have said that 40,000 of the deaths are "eminently preventable".

They have said that banning trans-fats and making reductions to the amount of salt and saturated fats in food could save the health service over £1 billion.

The group's vice-chairman, Professor Simon Capewell, said: "Everyone has the idea that prevention is worthy, but takes decades to be fulfilled. We found evidence from Poland, the Czech Republic and Cuba that changes in diet can lead to results with improved health in two to three years." 

He added: "The targets on salt might seem quite challenging - but we're only calling for a 6% reduction each year. It's not like we want this done by Friday."


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