FDA Reviews GRAS Status of PHOs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering comments on its proposed action to declare partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) unsafe for use in food due to their trans fat content. If finalized, the decision could create waves in the product reformulation world and potentially set an ill-conceived precedent for other ingredients that contain nutrients of public health concern. While reducing trans fat intake represents an important public health goal, there are real questions as to whether FDA's proposed approach is feasible or effective.

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