This is a talk on Zoom about my new book, Let’s Ask Marion.
6:30 at the Jewish Community Center. Information and registration (required for Zoom link) here.
My first reaction: Isn’t trans-fat already out of the food supply? Hasn’t this been one of the food industry’s greatest public health achievements?
Once the FDA started to require trans-fat to be listed on food labels, food companies quickly stopped using partially hydrogenated oils (the source of trans-fat) and found healthier substitutes. That’s why most food labels list zero grams trans-fat.
But the FDA allows food labels to say zero trans-fat if its amount is below 0.5 gram per serving.
Some manufacturers are still using a little. This new initiative will encourage them to get rid of those last little bits.
Contrary to the New York Times headline, this is not exactly a ban on trans-fat. If trans-fat is no longer GRAS, manufacturers can still file a food additive petition to continue using partially hydrogenated oils.
The Federal Register notice asks for input for the next 60 days.
I say congratulations to all:
Americans will be healthier as a result of all of your efforts.
At the moment, the FDA has not yet posted its Federal Register notice on the GRAS status of trans-fat. When it does, the notice should be available here.
CSPI’s home page on trans fat
FDA consumer materials
FDA guidance for industry