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Articles September 2015 Issue

What Does the Trans Fat Ban Mean to You?

To protect your heart health, you’ll need to keep checking labels until mid-2018.

Artificial trans fats, in the form of partially hydrogenated oils, once hailed as a healthy alternative to butter and shortening, will all but disappear from the US food supply by June 2018. Following up on a preliminary 2013 ruling, the US Food and Drug Administration announced this summer that artificial trans fats would no longer be considered “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) The agency gave the food industry three years to reformulate products without artificial trans fats or to petition for specific, limited uses, such as in “sprinkles” atop ice cream.

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