WASHINGTON, D.C. – The movement for healthy living got a boost Tues. when the Obama administration declared artificial trans fats unsafe.
With its final determination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave food makers up to three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary source of artificial trans fat.
The industry had already been moving in that direction in anticipation of the move. And food manufacturers have been required since 2006 to display PHO content on food labels, resulting in an approximately 78 percent decrease in trans fat consumption overall, the agency said.
“Studies show that diet and nutrition play a key role in preventing chronic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and today’s action goes hand in hand with other FDA initiatives to improve the health of Americans, including updating the nutrition facts label,” said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “This determination is based on extensive research into the effects of PHOs, as well as input from all stakeholders received during the public comment period.”