Egypt’s new policy banning trans fat could save more than one million lives over the next 25 years

Trans fat is estimated to cause 45,000 deaths per year in Egypt, among the highest burden of deaths due to trans fat in the world. In a statement on Egypt’s new best-practice policy, which will protect 109 million more people from trans fat by October 2023, Dr. Renu Garg, our Senior Vice President of Cardiovascular Health, noted that this will make Egypt the 49th county to join the World Health Organization’s REPLACE initiative to rid the world of this toxic additive known to increase the risk of heart attack and death. “Every government that has yet to take action to protect its people from trans fat must follow Egypt’s lead and accelerate progress toward a trans fat-free world,” said Dr. Garg.