FDA Tells Food Industry to Stop Using Artificial Trans Fats
In a move that it says is designed to protect the heart health of Americans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that food manufacturers have three years to remove artificial trans fats from the nation’s food supply.
The FDA ruled that partially hydrogenated oils — the major source of trans fats in the American diet — are no longer “generally recognized as safe,” the designation that for decades has allowed companies to use the oils in a wide variety of food products.
Consuming trans fats simultaneously increases “bad” LDL cholesterol and drives down “good” HDL cholesterol in a person’s bloodstream. The FDA has estimated that removing partially hydrogenated oils from food could prevent as many as 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease every year.