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FDA To Food Companies: Three Years To Get Rid Of Trans Fats

June 16, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
After taking a close look at all of the available evidence from scientific studies, the FDA has told food companies to rid their products of all partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main source of harmful trans fats in the American diet, within three years. The agency in 2013 made a preliminary ruling that PHOs were not “generally recognized as safe,” then considered all public comments on the proposal. The three-year compliance period will give companies time to reformulate products without PHOs or petition the FDA for special exemptions from the ban. After three years, “no PHOs can be added to human food unless they are otherwise approved by the FDA,” the agency said.
"FDA takes step to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods", News release, USFDA, June 16, 2015, © USFDA
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