Feds come after trans fats


WASHINGTON-Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job.

The FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out artificial trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.

Hamburg said that while the amount of trans fats in the country’s diet has declined dramatically in the last decade, they “remain an area of significant public health concern.” The trans fats have long been criticized by nutritionists, and New York City and other local governments have banned them.

The agency isn’t yet setting a timeline for the phase-out, but it will collect comments for two months before officials determine how long it will take. Different foods may have different timelines, depending how easy it is to find a substitute.

“We want to do it in a way that doesn’t unduly disrupt markets,” said Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods. Still, he says, the food “industry has demonstrated that it is, by and large, feasible to do.”

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • msbets says:

    go ta hell mooshell………..then get rid of gmo or what the hell ever it is, THAT ENTIRE ARTICLE SENT CHILLS UP MY SPINE…..FULL BLOWN COMMIE LAND IS HERE.

  • Larry Bressler says:

    I don’t really care what people eat. But I do care that overweight people with diabetes cause my insurance rates to get jacked up considerably. There has to be some personal responsibility here. I think that people with weight and cholesterol problems should be paying more for their health insurance. Then they can eat whatever they want and the government can stay out of it.

  • Suprsvc01 says:

    Tell the Govt nanny-staters to go to he!!. If I don’t have a cholesterol problem, and I don’t have a heart problem, and I don’t have a weight problem, but I want a Big Mac & some fries, then by God I’m having a Big Mac & fries. Mooshelle & her communist hubby can kiss my grits.

  • modernminuteman says:

    Personally what people eat should be their own business and not the nanny states. they demonize these fats while they virtually shove vaccines and GMO’S down our throats. the govt is filled with hypocrites.

    1. and loads of chemical waste now used as food additives

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