The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) has called on the European Commission to propose a legislative limit for industrially produced trans fats in foods.
In a written statement presented at the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Committee for Europe last week, the organisation, which represents national medical associations across Europe, said introducing such a limit “would not only reduce the direct harm caused by an excessive consumption of trans fats, but also combat health inequalities, by disproportionately benefitting vulnerable groups such as lower-income consumers.”
The CPME welcomed the progress that has been made on reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases as a leading cause of mortality in Europe and said it aims to tackle behavioural risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol.
To that end, the CPME called for a review of EU legislation to include a mandatory list of ingredients and nutrition declaration on alcohol product labels as part of efforts to reduce alcohol-related harm. It said it would also be continuing to highlight the cost-effectiveness of taxation as a tool to reduce alcohol consumption to ensure coherence between health policy and tax policy objectives.