Stop Using Artificial Trans Fat by 2018: US FDA to Food Manufacturers


Published Date : Jun 16, 2015

Artificial trans fat will have to make an exit from the American diet, according to the latest ruling by the United States Food and Drug Administration. 

On Tuesday, the US FDA ruled that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for human consumption. 

Food manufacturers have been given three years by the department to eliminate the PHOs or partially hydrogenated oils from all of their products. The food companies can file a petition to the US FDA for a special permit to continue using it. However, no partially hydrogenated oils can be added to any human food products unless it has been otherwise approved by the US FDA.

Consuming a diet that is rich in trans fat is connected to increased body weight, memory loss, and heart diseases. It has been previously proved to increase the level of LDL cholesterol, otherwise called bad cholesterol, in the blood. This can result in cardiovascular diseases, which are the leading most cause of death in the United States.

Dr Stephen Ostroff, the acting commissioner of the US FDA, said in a press release that the FDA’s action to remove artificial trans fat from human food products reflects the agency’s commitment to the cardiovascular health of the country’s citizens. This move by the FDA is expected to minimize the risk of coronary heart disease in Americans and prevent thousands of heart attacks every year, which can prove to be fatal.

The US FDA in 2013 had announced a provisional resolve that trans fats were not exactly safe any longer. After two years of scientific review and public comment, this move is the last step in the process to improve heart health in the country. 

Manufacturers of food products have had to publically list out trans fat content on the labels of their food products since 2006 and since then, there has been a considerable drop in the amount of trans fat used in American food items.