FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods

It looks like the Food and Drug Administration is attempting to pull a Michael Bloomberg and ban trans fats in foods. They want to pull trans fats from the “generally recognized as safe” list, which includes sugar, salt and other ingredients.

CNN reports:

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats — partially hydrogenated oils — is no longer “generally recognized as safe.”

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If the preliminary determination is finalized, according to the FDA, then partially hydrogenated oils will become food additives that could not be used in food without approval. Foods with unapproved additives cannot legally be sold.

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Trans fat can be found in processed foods including desserts, microwave popcorn products, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamer, and has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Partially hydrogenated oil is formed when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to make solid fats, like shortening and margarine. It increases the shelf life and the flavor of foods. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, or shortening, was used in American kitchens as early as 1911.

shutterstock_138061871One must ask what business is it of the FDA what my family and I, or any other family for that matter consume. What we are seeing is more bullying of private businesses to conform to their standards, rather than allow people to be responsible with their food choices.

While some food manufacturers and restaurants have taken the initiative over the past decade to lower their trans fats, apparently that just isn’t enough. The heavy hand of the federal government is being applied, and this move would affect some of those tasty and delicious donuts, crackers, popcorn, frozen pizza, creamers and canned frosting that you might enjoy.

According to the CNN report, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is behind the effort of the FDA, and they have been pushing for the federal agency to prohibit trans fats for a while now.

“Artificial trans fat is a uniquely powerful promoter of heart disease, and today’s announcement will hasten its eventual disappearance from the food supply,” said Michael Jacobson, the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s executive director. “Not only is artificial trans fat not safe, it’s not remotely necessary. Many companies, large and small, have switched to healthier oils over the past decade. I hope that those restaurants and food manufacturers that still use this harmful ingredient see the writing on the wall and promptly replace it.”

It’s quite interesting since this is the same outfit that was instrumental in spurring major hamburger chains to stop cooking french fries in beef fat and instead promoted….you guessed it, trans fats. Of course, they would later reverse their decision.

The group also targeted soft drinks in 1998 with a report titled Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are Harming Americans’ Health, which was updated in 2005. Among the actions, the Center advocated raising taxes on soft drinks.

CSPI has taken shots at the alcohol industry, calling for higher taxes on wine and beer because they claim that there is not scientific evidence that they are good for you. Dr. David J. Hanson, PhD, says, “The Center for Science in the Public Interest is much more interested in sound bites than in sound science.”

What is the old saying? Follow the money. CSPI is not a science center at all. By its own admission, it is a public advocacy action center. That should tell you all you need to know about CSPI and whether you can believe they have anyone’s best interest at heart other than their own. They are neither a science center, nor do they have the public’s interest in mind.

Anyone want to bet that Michelle Obama’s hands are all in this?

Seriously, do we need these people’s opinion in order to determine what we will or will not eat? Is this really what it’s come to? First eggs were bad for you, now they are good. Cholesterol was bad for you, now some is good. Coffee was bad for you, and now it is good. I think it’s high time we told the federal government that our eating habits and what we choose to consume are none of their business.

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