FDA Stops Trans Fat Use In U.S. Food By 2018

June 17, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Health & Wellness,News

Artificial trans fat will have to disappear from the American diet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


The FDA on Tuesday ruled that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food.

The department gave food manufacturers three years to remove the partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, from their products.

The companies can petition the FDA for a special permit to use it, but no PHOs can be added to human food unless otherwise approved by the FDA.

Eating a diet rich in trans fat is linked to higher body weight, heart disease andmemory loss.

It has been shown to raise the “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol in the blood, which can lead to cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death in the United States.

“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the agency’s acting commissioner, in a news release.

“This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

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