Three New Jersey companies have agreed to limit industrially produced trans fat to 2 grams per 100 grams of fat or oil in their products by 2023.
Ferrero, Mars Wrigley, and Unilever’s trans fat pledge is part of a one by the International Food and Beverage Alliance, of which the companies are members, in response the World Health Organization’s goal of eliminating these trans fats from the world’s food supply by 2023.
Consumption of industrial trans fats contributed to more than half a million deaths annually from heart disease, according to the WHO. Industrial trans fats are contained in hardened vegetable fats such as margarine, and are often used by CPG snack food manufacturers due to their long shelf life.
“As part of our mission to make sustainable living commonplace, Unilever strives to improve people’s health and wellbeing,” said a spokesperson for Unilever, which has its North American headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, via email. “We have been reducing our use of trans fats for years and remain committed to doing so in an effort to promote heart health.”
Ferrero North America is based in Parsippany, and Mars Wrigley U.S. is based in Hackettstown.