FDA announces 3 year phase out of partially hydrogenated oils

Since trans-fats have had their GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status rescinded the FDA is taking the next step and require that partially hydrogenated oils (PHO) be removed from products within 3 years unless companies petition for their incorporation.

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This is good news. I am doubtful that in this age of health consciousness that companies will petition to continue to use PHO. If so, hopefully it will be easier for people to avoid than the current labeling scheme which allows trans-fats to be listed as 0g when less than 0.5g are present. This is why I advise people to read the ingredients label and if the word “hydrogenated” appears to avoid consuming that product.

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