Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
MONGE-ROJAS, Rafael; COLON-RAMOS, Uriyoán; JACOBY, Enrique and MOZAFFARIAN, Dariush. Voluntary reduction of trans-fatty acids in Latin America and the Caribbean: current situation. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.2, pp.126-129. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892011000200008.
As part of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Trans-Fat-Free Americas initiative, 12 representatives from food industries in Latin America and the Caribbean signed a declaration stating their intention to voluntarily eliminate industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFA) from the Americas. A year later, in order to document the extent of the voluntary reduction, each declarant was asked to describe all reformulations and reductions in the TFA content of their products. After up to six requests for data, only three declarants provided such information in detail, and three others offered an overall summary of their reformulations. Additionally, three declarants reported the barriers that limit this process: availability of oil substitutes, cost, and consumers' sensory acceptance. The content of TFA and saturated fat in the food supply in the Americas should be regulated and strictly monitored in order to adequately evaluate a reduction of TFA in the region.
Keywords : Trans fatty acids; food industry; Latin America; Caribbean region.