Victory! FDA Bans Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will give the food industry three years to eliminate trans fats from foods in the food supply. The news comes after an advisory in 2013 indicating that it planned to take action against the harmful fats that have been linked to heart disease and the build-up of plaque in the arteries.

According to news sources, the Grocery Manufacturers Association plans to petition the FDA to allow small amounts in certain unspecified food products. The FDA currently allows trans fats to be used in most food items, including ones claiming to contain “0 grams of trans fats” provided the amount is less than half a gram. In such cases, the FDA currently allows food manufacturers to round down to zero instead of accurately labeling the amount of trans fats.

The announcement today is seen as a victory by many, as the battle against trans fats in the food supply has been a lengthy one. Trans fats were originally categorized as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) by the FDA, which meant that food manufacturers could use unlimited amounts in food products without concern for consumer safety. Almost a decade ago, the FDA began requiring trans fats over 0.5 grams to be labeled on Nutrition Facts labels on packaged food products. Anything under that amount could be labeled as “0 trans fats” although the products could still contain them.

Many food products such as crackers, pastries, pies, cookies, cakes, baked goods, margarine, coffee creamers, frostings and frozen dough products are well known for containing trans fats. But according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 31,000 out of the 84,000 food products tested contain the harmful fat. Even small amounts in each food item quickly add up to surpass the World Health Organization’s recommended maximum of 2 grams of trans fats daily. Other organizations such as the Institute of Medicine indicates that there is no safe level of trans fats, particularly in children whose developing bodies and brains are more vulnerable to them.

In 2006, New York City banned the use of trans fats in foods sold by restaurants and bakeries and since then, other places, including Cleveland, California and Philadelphia, followed with similar legislation.

The FDA indicates that its current move to ban trans fats will stop 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths due to heart disease in America every year.

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers found that trans fats are also linked to inflammation. Additionally, in research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations in which the ten leading causes of mortality in the United States were assessed, chronic, low grade inflammation was found to contribute to at least seven. In addition to heart disease, inflammation such as that caused by trans fats, has been linked to cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and nephritis.

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