[15 May/CNBC]

The World Health Organisation has said the world could eliminate industrially-produced trans fats by 2023 while unveiling a plan to prevent 500,000 deaths a year from cardiovascular disease. Trans-fats are popular in fried, baked and snack foods as they have a long shelf life. WHO data indicates they increase heart disease risk by 21 percent and deaths by 28 percent. WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asked why children need such an unsafe ingredient in their foods. Adding that several countries had already virtually eliminated trans fats by putting limits on the amounts allowed in packaged foods. The U.S. CDC said it was an unnecessary toxic chemical that killed, and there was no reason people should continue to be exposed to it.