4. FDA seeks to ban partially hydrogenated oils, one of the main sources of trans fats
Heart-damaging trans fat may soon vanish completely from supermarket products such as microwave popcorn, pie crusts, frosting, and biscuit dough after the Food and Drug Administration in November proposed banning the artificially manufactured fat from the food supply.
Under the proposed regulation, partially hydrogenated oils, a type of trans fat, would be dropped from the agency’s list of safe ingredients and could no longer be added to foods. The FDA has taken such action only a handful of times — to remove certain artificial sweeteners in the 1970s, and when it prohibited adding caffeine to alcoholic beverages.
The average American eats about 1 gram of trans fat each day compared with 4.6 grams per day in 2003 — before the FDA began requiring food products to list trans fat content on their nutrition labels.