The food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food.” Meatingplace reports partially hydrogenated oils are the primary dietary source of artificial trans-fat in processed foods. In 2013, the FDA made a tentative determination the oils could no longer be considered safe. FDA finalized that determination after a review of the scientific evidence and after considering public comments. The FDA noted that since 2006, manufacturers have been required to include trans-fat content information on the Nutrition Facts label of foods. Between 2003 and 2012, the FDA estimates that consumer trans-fat consumption decreased about 78 percent and that the labeling rule and industry reformulation of foods were key factors in informing healthier consumer choices. The announcement does not include animal feed, according to the American Feed Industry Association.
Soybean Farmers Prepared for Phase Out of Partially Hydrogenated Oils
After the announcement by the FDA, the United Soybean Board says farmers are prepared to phase out partially hydrogenated oils. The FDA has announced intentions to phase out partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, an announcement that did not come as a shock to soybean farmers. The United Soybean Board has been working with the industry on two replacement options for partially hydrogenated soybean oil for more than 10 years. USB farmer-leader Jimmy Sneed of Mississippi said “we’re excited to bring solutions like high oleic and interesterified soybean oil to the market and ready to shift the discussion to innovation.”
Source: NAFB News Service