Identifying the Barriers and Opportunities for Enhanced Coherence between Agriculture and Public Health Policies: Improving the Fat Supply in India

Shauna M. Downs, Anne Marie Thow, Suparna Ghosh-Jerath, Stephen R. Leeder

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Abstract

The national Government of India has published draft regulation proposing a 5% upper limit of trans fat in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHVOs). Global recommendations are to replace PHVOs with unsaturated fat but it is not known whether this will be feasible in India. We systematically identified policy options to address the three major underlying agricultural sector issues that influence reformulation with healthier oils: the low productivity of domestically produced oilseeds leading to a reliance on palm oil imports, supply chain wastage, and the low availability of oils high in unsaturated fats. Strengthening domestic supply chains in India will be necessary to maximize health gains associated with product reformulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-624
Number of pages22
JournalEcology of Food and Nutrition
Volume54
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science
  • Ecology

Keywords

  • agricultural policy
  • product reformulation
  • trans fat
  • unsaturated fat

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