Obama administration eliminates trans-fats from food products

On June 16, the Obama Administration announced a plan to remove all trans-fats from processed foods. Citing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evi- dence linking trans-fats to coronary heart disease, the administration is giving food companies 3 years to phase trans-fats out of all commercial products. The negative health effects of trans-fats have been known for years, and many companies have already made sig- nificant efforts towards replacing them with healthier oils. This announcement was the final step in a process that began back in 2013, when the FDA determined that trans-fats could no longer be categorized as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). Often used to give foods a desirable taste and firm texture, food manufacturers will now have to petition the FDA in order to use trans- fats in their products. See: http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i24/Flexible-Electronics-Injected-Mouse-Brains.html.

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