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"Health officials launch ambitious plan to rid the world of trans fats"

The Los Angeles Times quoted William J. McCarthy, adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, about the use of trans fats in low-income countries. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

In an effort to save half a million lives each year, the World Health Organization on Monday urged developing nations to follow the lead of affluent countries and eliminate man-made trans fatty acids from their food supplies.

The fact that developed countries have been able to reduce trans fat shows that it is technically and politically possible, added William J. McCarthy, a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health.

"The problem in poorer countries is that there isn't as much surveillance and government oversight of the food supply, and in their absence you find the small-time vendors much prefer the use of these particular hydrogenated fats," McCarthy said. "The profit motive is going to favor their use until there's enough political will to intervene. Just as with control of tobacco products, it takes money, resources and political will to enforce regulations that a lot of food vendors would prefer not to have." 

Read the full article from The Los Angeles Times