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September 2015 Issue

FDA Moves to Remove Trans Fat from Foods

The FDA recently announced they would take steps to remove artificial trans fat from the food supply—a move which is expected to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of heart attacks every year. In 2013, the FDA made the determination that partially hydrogenated oils—the major source of artificial trans fats—were no longer “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). Now they are finalizing this action by determining they are not safe for use in any human food. The FDA is providing a three-year compliance period to allow the food industry to phase out the remaining applications of partially hydrogenated oils in foods.

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