FDA plans to ban trans fat in foods

In a groundbreaking public health policy, food safety officials in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are taking steps to ban the use of trans fats in the U.S.

While many restaurants have already reduced the use of trans fats, the federal ban would eliminate the use of trans fats both in restaurants and in all packaged goods.

Foods that commonly contain trans fats include frozen pizza, coffee creamer and microwave popcorn.

The ban is a result of growing evidence that trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated oils, are harmful and can contribute to clogged arteries and heart disease. New York City and several other local government already have bans in place.

Once the FDA implements the ban, trans fats would be considered a food additive and could only be used in food if the federal government approved.  The FDA said that foods with naturally occurring trans fats, such as some meat and dairy products, will not be banned.

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Sourced from: BBC, US moves to ban trans fats in foods