Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Update - Removal of Trans Fat in Processed Foods

FDA is "... extending the compliance date for certain uses of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), [the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in food]. For the majority of uses of PHOs, June 18, 2018 remains the date after which manufacturers cannot add PHOs to foods. However, to allow for an orderly transition in the marketplace, the FDA is allowing more time for products produced prior to June 18, 2018 to work their way through distribution. The FDA is extending the compliance date for these foods to January 1, 2020 ... At the same time, the FDA is denying a food additive petition from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) requesting approval for certain limited uses of PHOs. To allow for time for reformulation, the agency is extending until June 18, 2019 the compliance date to stop manufacturing foods with these specific, limited petitioned uses of PHOs, and until Jan. 1, 2021 for these products to work their way through distribution ..."

The FDA Final Rule and Proposed Rule are scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2018 and will be made available at

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