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Protecting Consumers From Trans Fat


(This article by Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, was originally posted here on June 15, 2015.) FDA is taking a step today to remove artificial trans fat from the food supply. This action will save many thousands of lives. PHOs, or… Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes Decision to Ban Artificial Trans Fat

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has 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” (GRAS) for use in food. The move, based on “a thorough review of the scientific evidence,” essentially bans artificial trans fat from the food supply. Companies can… Continue Reading

Tracing Food Controversies Back to GRAS

Update: This article has been edited to remove references to caramel coloring. What do trans fat, caffeine and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have in common? Each of these distinct, seemingly unrelated food controversies actually shares a common origin: the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) process. In fact, a wide range of food controversies — from sweeteners to… Continue Reading

NY Congressman Reintroduces Bill to Close Trans Fat Labeling Loophole

On Nov. 22, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) reintroduced a bill that would require clearer labeling of trans fats on food packaging. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration adopted a requirement that trans fats be listed on the nutrition facts panel of food packaging. But 0.4 gram or less is declared as “0g,” meaning companies can… Continue Reading

FDA Moves to Reduce Trans Fat in Processed Foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a major source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in food. Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods, said that removing GRAS status from PHOs would mean… Continue Reading

Dramatic Drop in U.S. Trans Fat Levels

Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates blood levels of trans fatty acids in U.S. white adults dropped by 58 percent from 2000 to 2009 — a decrease being hailed as huge public health progress. The CDC study, published as a letter Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked… Continue Reading

In Australia, Margarine is Better Than Butter

Butter has, on average, 20 times the trans fat levels of most Australian margarines, according to an investigation done by the Australian Heart Foundation and published in the October issue of the food safety journal Food Australia. “Butter is mostly made of the fat that raises your bad cholesterol levels–saturated fat at around 50 percent and trans… Continue Reading

Monsanto Gets FDA OK for New Soybeans

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent Monsanto a letter of no objection, indicating that the company’s new product–nutritionally improved Vistive Gold soybeans–is generally recognized as safe (GRAS). Vistive Gold soybeans contain an oil that can be used to reduce the amount of saturated and trans fats in foods.  Monsanto claims that the… Continue Reading