Speakers at a programme on Monday called for immediate finalisation of the draft regulations on limiting trans fatty acid in food products, which they say will play an important role in minimising the risk of heart disease.
PROGGA (Knowledge for Progress), National Heart Foundation Bangladesh (NHFB) and Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) jointly organised the event virtually while people from different social strata participated in the programme using Facebook.The participants from different areas of the country including in Dhaka displaying their placards, festoons and posters on the social networking website urged the authority concerned to immediately finalize the “Limiting Trans Fatty Acid in Food Products Regulations 2021”.
According to health experts, industrially produced trans fat is a toxic food element that causes increased risks of deaths from heart diseases as globally, almost 500,000 people die due to trans fat-induced heart diseases.
The WHO has set the target to eliminate trans fat from the global food supply by 2023. Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) has prepared draft regulations for limiting trans fats in food products that is yet to be finalised.
Taking part in the programme, Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury, head of the Department of Epidemiology and Research of the NHFB, said, “The prevalence of heart diseases in Bangladesh is growing day by day. Trans fat in food is the leading cause of heart diseases. Hence, it is essential that the regulations should be finalized as soon as possible to reduce the risk of heart diseases.”
Speaking on the occasion, Executive Director of research and advocacy organization PROGGA ABM Zubair said, “The sooner the regulations on limiting trans fat is implemented, the sooner public health will be safeguarded from risks of heart diseases.”