Europe reacts to US ban on trans fats

Thursday, July 9th, 2015. Filed under: Food & Dining Health & Fitness
Trans fats will be banished from the US within three years, and Europe appears to be taking similar steps, according to a new statement. ©Mike Flippo/shutterstock.com

Trans fats will be banished from the US within three years, and Europe appears to be taking similar steps, according to a new statement.
©Mike Flippo/shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – The European society of cardiology (ESC) issued a welcoming statement in response to the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent ban on trans fats on Wednesday.

“The European society of cardiology welcomes FDA decision to ban industrial trans fats,” reads the statement.

The FDA will phase out the use of trans fats in processed food over a three year compliance period and, in response, the ESC is calling upon policy makers on their side of the Atlantic to address the issue.

“Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in Europe,” reads the statement, which acknowledges the threats trans fats pose to cardiovascular health, including the potential increase of LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood, which could lead to heart disease.

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