US Regulations on Processed Food
Some US jurisdictions, such as the State of California, Baltimore and Montgomery County in Maryland and New York City have imposed restrictions on the use of trans fats in some products. Other countries of the world such as the Danish and Canadian government have imposed restrictions on the allowable amount of trans fats in products containing PHOs. The US FDA does acknowledge that the amount of trans fat being consumed from products containing PHOs has fallen from 4.6g per day in 2003 to 1.0g per day in 2012. US FDA is stating if PHOs are removed from the food supply this could prevent 7,000 deaths and over 20,000 heart attaches per year.
The US FDA is seeking scientific evidence to see if there is a level of PHOs that could be used in some products and if PHOs GRAS status is revoked how quickly products that contain this ingredient could be reformulated.
(1) Federal Register: Tentative Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils; Request for Comments and for Scientific Data and Information (https://www.federalregister.gov/
(2) US FDA Opens 60-day Comment Period on Measure to Further Reduce Trans Fat in Processed Foods (http://www.fda.gov/
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