8-Nov-13 8:00 AM  CST

FDA Wants Trans Fat Gone From All Processed Foods


Trans Fat continues to be a problem for food lovers despite the FDA’s heavy hand in trying to get the unhealthy fat removed from a lot of processed food products.  The Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it would require food makers to phase out artificial trans fats from foods still containing the dangerous fat.  More changes could mean preventing 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths a year. 

Over the past ten years there has been a huge reduction of trans fat present in processed foods.  New York City and at least 15 other states have officially banned restaurants from using trans fat in their dishes and 10 fast food restaurants no longer use the fat.  The FDA hopes to gradually phase out the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHO’s) in most food entities.  In addition, FDA has started a 60 day comment period in order to collect data and also find out how long it may take food producers to give their products an overhaul without added trans fat. 

 Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods recently commented on the issue of a total trans fat phase out.  “We want to do it in a way that doesn’t unduly disrupt markets.  Still, the industry has demonstrated that it is by and large feasible to do so,” said Taylor. 

Do you eat a lot of foods that contain trans fat?  Have those foods had an impact on your health? 



1.  Garti, Nuno.  “FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats From Food, citing Health Concerns.”  NBC News.  Web.  Date of Access:  8 Nov 2013. 


2.  FDA Consumer Health Information.  “FDA Targets Trans Fat in Processed Food.”  FDA.  Web.  2013 Nov. 


3.  Taylor, Michael, R.  “Trans Fat:  Taking the Next Important Step.”  FDA Voice Blog.  FDA.  Web.  7 Nov 2013. 



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Source: Jennifer O'Reilly  

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