FDA tells companies to phase out artificial trans fats

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Food and Drug Administration took a major step Tuesday in its effort to eliminate trans fat from U.S. food.

The department finalized its ruling that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food. Manufacturers have three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils from products. They can also ask for special permission to keep it in their food in certain cases.

In 2013, the FDA had made a tentative determination that trans fats were no longer safe, after years of public comment and scientific review this is the final step in the process.

Manufacturers have had to list trans fat content on their labels since 2006 and there has been a significant decrease in the amount of trans fat in American food.