by Marion Nestle
Apr 10 2014

The trans fat “ban”: stakeholder politics in action

Food Navigator has a terrific summary of the current fight over the FDA’s proposed “ban” on trans fat.  I put “ban” in quotes because it’s officially a revocation of GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status .

Doing something to get rid of trans fats is a no brainer.

  • Trans fats raise the risk for heart disease
  • No safe level has been defined.
  • Plenty of replacement oils exist.

But, as Food Navigator’s Elaine Watson demonstrates, the battle lines are drawn.  Here is her helpful list of who is on which side of efforts to get trans fats out of the food supply.

Public health groups supporting the FDA’s action

Groups asking for rescinding the ban or leaving loopholes

And for what this is all about