FDA Sets 2018 Deadline to Eliminate Trans-fat from Food in the U.S


Published Date : Jun 17, 2015

Taking a step further to promote health and wellness, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday has issued orders to the food industry to discard the artificial trans fats, which can clog arteries from food within a span of three years. This is a long-awaited decision taken by FDA, which is projected to save thousands of live every year. 

Trans fats is one of the most dominant contributors to heart disease in the United States. The U.S. food manufacturers have already significantly reduced the trans-fat content in the good, but they still lurk in some of the most popular products in the country such as microwave popcorn, frozen pizzas, frostings, packaged pies, coffee creamers, and margarines. 

It was back in 2013 that the agency had announced that it would take steps to eliminate trans-fat in food and since then FDA has answered more than six thousand public comments. However, on Tuesday the agency took the final decision with an aim of discarding industrial trans-fat from packaged food in America by the end of 2018. According to the agency, this decision is likely to prevent 20,000 heart attacks and over 7,000 deaths every year. 

The food industry has also welcomed the decision and they have appreciated the decision of the agency of giving three years to the industry to implement the new regulation. Spokespersons from the industry has said this would give leading food manufacturers, companies, and restaurants in the U.S. to plan on how they can eliminate trans-fat from the products they manufacture. Moreover, the industry will also plan to seek permission from FDA to allow them continue using trans-fat in small amounts in certain foods. 

Speaking on the final decision on trans-fat by FDA, the Executive Director, Center for Science and Public Interest, Michael F. Jacobson, said that the decision is the final nail on the coffin for trans-fats.