“The food industry is asking the Food and Drug Administration to approve the continued use of partially hydrogenated oils in more than 50 different food categories, from your Thanksgiving stuffing mix to frozen pies and the sugar used to coat doughnuts,” POLITICO reports. Artificial trans fats will remain in the food supply, “it’s all just a question of how much the agency is going to allow.”
The Grocery Manufacturers Association — the world’s largest food industry lobbying group — has submitted a petition to the FDA “which contends that consuming a little more than a gram of trans fat is not likely to harm consumers.”
That, however, is not in agreement with the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board, which already back in 2002 concluded that “because they are not essential and provide no known health benefit, there is no safe level of trans fatty acids and people should eat as little of them as possible while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet.”
POLITICO goes on to report that “the petition is just the beginning of a long road. The agency is likely to have questions and go back and forth about several of these proposed limits in different products, which range from .01 grams of trans fatty acid per 100 grams for protein drinks to 3 grams per 100 grams of trans fatty acids for shortening.”
Certainly a developing story to watch over the next year.