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Food, beverage companies commit to WHO trans fat elimination goal 

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Trans fat intake is responsible for over 500,000 deaths from coronary heart disease each year globally. WHO welcomes the commitment by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to align with the WHO target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with IFBA representatives to discuss actions to take to eliminate industrial trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in processed foods.

"Eliminating industrially-produced trans fat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save lives and create a healthier food supply,” said Dr Tedros.

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Snakebite Global Strategy 
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Around 81 000 to 138 000 people die each year because of snake bites, and around three times as many amputations and other permanent disabilities are caused by snakebites annually. WHO released the executive summary for a global strategy to reduce by 50% the numbers of snakebite induced deaths and disabilities by 2030. The full strategy will be launched on 23 May 2019 at the World Health Assembly.

The strategy focuses on a combination of community empowerment and engagement, improved access to safe and effective treatments, measures that strengthen health systems and move countries closer to achieving universal health coverage, and greater cooperation and coordination between stakeholders in countries and across regions.

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