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FDA: Trans Fats Have Got to Go

June 18th, 2015

Many Americans are quite unaware of the serious dangers that the trans fats in their processed foods are posing. According to the Food and Drug Administration, these trans fats are responsible for causing nearly 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths every year.

The FDA is convinced that the partially hydrogenated oils currently in many of our processed foods is a threat to public’s health and have required food companies to phase out these oils by June 2018. While companies can petition the FDA for the use of smaller amounts of trans fats in their products, they will be required to prove the smaller amount will not be harmful to consumers.

The idea for the ban has been in the works since 2013, which led many food companies to get a step ahead and begin reformulating some of their products in preparation for the restriction. Some areas of the country already have local bans in place such as New York City since 2006 and California since 2008. Nearly 20 percent of Americans are currently living in an area where the use of these trans fats is already restricted by local laws says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because the dangers of consuming trans fats have been known for some time, labels on foods have been listing them on their packaging since 2006 as required by law. Some foods to keep an eye on the dietary label of include canned frosting, microwave popcorn, crackers, frozen pizza and coffee creamer. Beneful notes that you wouldn’t want trans fats in your dog’s food. Why would you want them in your own?