FDA calls for the removal of artificial trans fats from food products

Dana White

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not "generally recognized as safe" for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. Read the FDA's press release.

"This announcement has been years in the making and I am happy to see this next step forward," said Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian and clinical assistant professor of athletic training and sports medicine at Quinnipiac University. "The bottom line is from a nutrition standpoint artificial trans fats are good for nothing! They are damaging to heart health and found in foods that offer little or no nutritional value anyway. Consumers will still need to be avid label readers but this ban will provide one less harmful additive to worry about." 

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