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CONSUMERS ORGANIZATION WANTS REGULATION ON TRANS FATTY ACIDS

Some foods rich with trans fats

BY GODFREY OLUKYA 

KAMPALA: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 02, 2021 

Uganda national health users and consumers organisation has asked the government, ministry of health and Uganda national bureau of standards to make sure that companies eliminate the production of foods rich in Trans-fatty acids.

Speaking to the media at their headquarters in Bukoto, the legal counsel Moses Talibita noted that now days most of the companies processing products which are consumed by people do include trans-fat acids and yet they don’t put a warning message on the packet.

Talibita said if warning signs were put on the packets, people who don’t want fat acids could ignore taking them.

Industrially produced Trans fatty acids are used in fast foods both backed and fried, pre-packaged snacks like popcorn, pies French fries, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, donuts and chips among others.

Trans fatty rich foods

Because of the high amounts of fatty acids, such foods have often being blamed as the main risk factor for non communicable diseases associated with heart problems and premature deaths.

Talibita said the government needs to put in place a law  which will prevent any company from adding trans- fat acids in their products and the law should be attached with punishment to any company found failing to comply.

Talibita noted that many companies include too much trans-fat acids in products as a way of making them to stay longer on the shelves but the products are deadly to health.

He explained that diets high in trans- fats increase heart disease risk by 21% and that the 28% of the deaths every year are attributed to trans- fat acids adding that globally over 500000 people die due to Trans fat acid related illnesses every year.

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