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Voluntary approaches work in removal of artificial trans fats

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 27 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6115

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. Barbara Gallani, director, food safety and science1
  1. 1Food and Drink Federation, London WC2B 5JJ, UK
  1. barbara.gallani{at}

Voluntary reformulation has virtually eliminated artificial trans fatty acids (TFAs) from processed foods in the UK. This demonstrates the effectiveness of voluntary policies, a fact that has been disputed.1 Voluntary approaches enable the industry to move more quickly than legislative ones, allowing for a rapid response to consumer demand and scientific evidence.

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