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FDA Extends Compliance Date for Certain Uses of Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Food; Denies Petition for Certain Uses of PHOs

Monday, May 21, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food and Drug Administration extended until January 1, 2020, the compliance date for certain uses of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). For the majority of uses of PHO, June 18, 2018, remains the date after which manufacturers cannot add PHOs to foods. The January 1, 2020, compliance date applies to foods manufactured with non-petitioned uses of PHOs prior to June 18, 2018.

FDA also denied a food additive petition from the Grocery Manufacturers Association requesting approval for certain limited uses of PHOs. To allow time for reformulation, FDA extended until June 18, 2019, the compliance date to stop manufacturing foods with these specific, limited petitioned uses of PHOs, and until January 1, 2021, for these products to work their way through distribution.

FDA issued on June 17, 2015, its final determination that PHOs were no longer Generally Recognized as Safe for any use in human food and set a compliance period of three years to allow industry time to either reformulate products without PHOs or submit a food additive petition to FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs.

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