FDA Closer to Banning Trans Fats in Processed Foods

FDA Closer to Banning Trans Fats in Processed FoodsIt’s becoming increasingly clear that trans fats is not good for your health, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving closer to banning its primary dietary sources.
In an announcement Thursday, the FDA said it has opened a 60-day comment period on the determination that trans fats in processed foods is not “generally recognized as safe.”
During this time, the agency will collect additional data to get feedback on the time food manufacturers would need to reformulate products that currently contain artificial trans fats — should this determination be finalized.
Reducing trans fat intake could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths, the FDA says.
“While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s action today is an important step toward protecting more Americans from the potential dangers of trans fat.”
Further reduction in the amount of trans fat in the diet of Americans could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year, Hamburg said.
Consumption of trans fat raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, increasing the risk of coronary heart disease.
The independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded that trans fat provides no known health benefit and that there is no safe level of consumption of artificial trans fat. Additionally, the IOM recommends that consumption of trans fat should be as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet.
In recent years, many food manufacturers and retailers have voluntarily decreased trans fat levels in many foods and products they sell.
Trans fat can be found in some processed foods, such as certain desserts, microwave popcorn products, frozen pizzas, margarines and coffee creamers. Numerous retailers and manufacturers have already demonstrated that many of these products can be made without trans fat.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *