Members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) pledged earlier this month to phase out industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFAs) in all their products by the end of 2018 at the latest.

IFBA’s commitment supports The World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, 2013 -2020, which calls on member states to implement policies to replace industrially produced TFAs with unsaturated fats.

In the full commitment text, member companies commit to reducing industrially produced TFAs from PHOs (partially hydrogenated oils) in their products worldwide to less than 1g of TFA per 100g of product.

IFBA member companies further commit to working “in collaboration with governments, health authorities, civil society and food and beverage industry associations to share best practices and help guide other companies, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises, through the process of substituting PHOs.”