FDA wants to ban trans fats from food, citing health concerns – NBC News.com

The Food and Drug Administration has declared war on trans fats. The government agency said Thursday it would require food makers to gradually phase out artificial trans fats — the artery-clogging ingredient found in crackers, cookies, pizza and many other baked goods.The change could potentially prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths, said FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg.While the amount of trans fats consumed by Americans has dropped dramatically over the last decade, they still “remain an area of significant public health concern,” Hamburg said during a press conference Thursday. The FDA hasn’t yet set a time table for sweeping trans fats from the market. “We want to do it in a way that doesn’t unduly disrupt markets,” said Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods. Still, the “industry has demonstrated that it is by and large feasible to do.”Trans fats are considered harmful because they increase risks for heart disease by both raising bad cholesterol levels LDL and lowering good cholesterol HDL.

via FDA wants to ban trans fats from food, citing health concerns – NBC News.com.

Good news.  Of course you’ll note that this is just a statement of intent and there is no actual proposed end date.  So it’s not going to actually DO anything.

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