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FDA Issues Notice to Remove Artificial Trans Fats in Processed Foods

Monday, June 22, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week issued a declaratory order in which it announced its final 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 human food. FDA defines PHOs as those fats and oils that have been hydrogenated, but not to complete or near complete saturation, with an iodine value greater than four. The determination applies to PHOs used in human food, not animal feed, and to PHOs used as a food ingredient, including uses as processing aids or food contact substances. The order does not apply to any ingredients or food containing naturally occurring trans fat, such as those found in or derived from ruminant sources. Food companies will have until June 18, 2018, to comply with the order, by either reformulating products or petitioning FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs.

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