NHS Urging Organisations To Remove Trans Fats

St Mary’s Hospital

The NHS in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is asking local companies and organisations to sign up to remove dangerous trans fats from their food.

Trans fats are often found in processed foods, such as cakes, biscuits and fast food, and raise cholesterol levels in the blood. This can trigger health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.

The British Medical Journal estimates that eradicating trans fats would prevent 27,000 premature deaths each year in the UK.

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health for our region, said two schools in Cornwall had already achieved certificates for making their meals safer for children, by completely removing the artificial fats from their menu.

Acting head teacher of the Five Islands School in Scilly said they’re not currently signed up to the scheme but the school’s catering manager will be looking into it.

Felicity said: “This is a fantastic start to the campaign, with food producers and caterers clearly embracing the health reasons for removing trans fats. We’d like to see many more join those who have got in early with their pledges.”

Full details of the campaign, with information about artificial trans fats and how to make a pledge are available online at www.cornwall.gov.uk in the food safety section.