The end of trans fats? FDA issues tentative determination on trans fats in processed foods

By So-Eun Lee and Mary B Langowski

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Federal Register notice with its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not ‘generally recognised as safe’ (GRAS) for use in food. 

If this preliminary determination, issued on 8 November, is finalised, food manufacturers would no longer be permitted to sell PHOs, either directly or as ingredients in another food product, without prior FDA approval for use as a food additive.

The notice, titled ‘Tentative Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils; Request for Comments and for Scientific Data and Information’, is subject to a 60-day comment period (until 7 January 2014), during which any interested person may submit comments…

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