Leading Cardiovascular Health Organizations Urge Food Companies and Restaurant Chains to Stop Use of Deadly Chemical by 2023

January 14, 2020: American Heart Association, NCD Alliance,
Resolve to Save Lives (an initiative of Vital Strategies),
and World Heart Federation have called on 40 of the largest
multinational food manufacturers and a major global fats and
oils supplier to protect the cardiovascular health of
consumers worldwide by eliminating artificial trans fat from
all products by 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s
target date for global trans fat elimination.

The four cardiovascular health organizations sent company
leaders a letter inviting them to commit to reformulating
products containing artificial trans fat,
which has been estimated to cause more than 500,000 deaths
from heart disease each year.

“For decades, industry has sold this toxic product to
consumers, and these companies have a critical role to play
in its elimination,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO
of Resolve to Save Lives. “The evidence is clear: trans fat
kills, and companies have an obligation to act. No one asks
for trans fat in their food, and no one will miss it when
it’s gone.”

American Heart Association, NCD Alliance, Resolve to Save
Lives, and World Heart Federation previously contacted 13 of
the 41 companies in May of 2019 to urge them to commit to
trans fat elimination, but none of these companies responded.
In their most recent letter, the health organizations
indicated that they plan public action against those that
fail to respond a second time: “Because we believe that
consumers have the right to know when foods, fats and oils
companies disregard their obligation to protect consumer
health, we will make the names of companies that fail to
respond to this second call public. We will also test food
products in markets around the world to measure the trans fat
contents and share the results with policy-makers and the

Artificial trans fat is fully replaceable by healthier oils
and fats without changing the taste of food, and many major
food companies have committed to eliminating trans fat for
their global product lines. In 2018, WHO released the REPLACE
Action Package (
) to guide the global elimination of industrially-produced
trans fat, including policy action and support for healthier
oils and fats.

Eliminating artificial trans fat is possible. Member
companies of the International Food and Beverage Alliance
(IFBA) are 12 of the leading food and non-alcoholic beverage
companies globally and committed in May 2019 to eliminate
industrially produced trans fat from global product lines by
2023, in line with the WHO call on industry. IFBA members are
The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ferrero, General Mills, Grupo
Bimbo, The Kellogg Company, Mars, McDonald’s, Mondelez
International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever.

Companies challenged to eliminate trans fat
by 2023:


Archer Daniels Midland

Barilla Group

Barry Callebaut

Boparan Holdings

BRF Global

Campbell Soup Company

Conagra Brands

Doctor’s Associates

Domino’s Pizza

Dr August Oetker KG

Dunkin Donuts

Flowers Foods

Groupe Lactalis S.A.

Hormel Foods Corporation

International Dairy Queen, Inc.

Itoham Yonekyu

Jacobs Douwe Egberts


JR Simplot

Kraft Heinz

Lindt & Sprungli

Marfring Group

McCain Foods Ltd

McCormick Corporation

Meiji Holdings

Morinaga Milk Industry

NH Foods Ltd

Nisin Foods Group

Nisshin Seifun Group

OSI Group

Papa John’s

Restaurant Brands International

Starbucks Corporation

Tate & Lyle

The Hershey Company

The JM Smucker Company

TreeHouse Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Yamazaki Baking

YUM! Brands

Media Contact:

Erin Sykes, Resolve to Save Lives:
[email protected]; +1.646.612.0001

Christina Honeysett, Vital Strategies:
[email protected]; +1.914.424.3356

Tracey Johnston, Vital Strategies:
[email protected]; +44-7889-081-170

About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives is a five-year, $225 million initiative
funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg
Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It
is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, and housed at Vital
Strategies, which works in 73 countries with the vision of a
world in which every person is protected by a strong public
health system. To find out more, visit
www.resolvetosavelives.org or Twitter @ResolveTSL.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that seeks
to accelerate progress on the world’s most pressing health
problems. The Vital Strategies team combines evidence-based
strategies with innovation to help develop and implement
sound public health policies, manage programs efficiently,
strengthen data systems, conduct research, and design
strategic communication campaigns for policy and behavior
change. To find out more, visit www.vitalstrategies.org or
Twitter @VitalStrat.

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About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives is a not-for-profit organization partnering with countries, communities and organizations to prevent 100 million deaths from cardiovascular disease and make the world safer from epidemics. To find out more, visit: resolvetosavelives.org or Twitter @ResolveTSL.