Trans fats would likely be banned under FDA proposal
Posted Nov 7, 2013 9:47 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Artery-clogging trans fats would likely be banned under a proposal by the Food and Drug Administration.
The proposal, which will be open for comment for 60 days, would require companies to prove that partially hydrogenated oils—which are the source of trans fats—are safe to eat. According to the Times, that’s “a very high hurdle given that scientific literature overwhelmingly shows the contrary.”
Many food companies cut artificial trans fats from foods after the FDA required them to be listed on food labels in 2006. However, many processed foods still have the substance, including some microwave popcorn, frozen pizzas, margarines and coffee creamers, the Times says.