In a push to promote a healthier American diet, the Obama Administration and the FDA will likely move to ban trans fats, almost entirely, from the food industry.
“Elimination of industrially produced trans fat from foods could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7000 heart-related deaths each year,” said the FDA in a blog on their website.
The FDA has been concerned about trans fats in our foods since at least 2006, and a final ruling could come as soon as next week.
In 2013, the FDA stated that no level of artificial trans fats in foods was safe.
“The agency has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, a major source of trans fat in processed food, are not generally recognized as safe for food,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg at the time.
A major concern of the food industry is that the ban on trans fats can leave them vulnerable to litigation.
Glenn Lammi, chief counsel at the Washington Legal Foundation has called the FDA’s pending decision “a gift to the litigation industry, and refers to the Northern District of California as “the food court” for the frequent food industry related lawsuits brought forward there.