June 16, 2015
In a move aimed to prevent heart attacks and deaths, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized its determination that the main sources of artificial trans fat are not safe. FDA gave food manufacturers until June 2018 to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from their products after concluding that the oils are not so-called GRAS, or generally recognized as safe.
“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” said FDA’s acting commissioner Stephen Ostroff, M.D., in a statement. “This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”