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FDA to Phase-Out, Ban Trans Fats

FDA commissioner said eliminating trans fat could prevent 7,000 deaths every year


Trans fats have been on their way out for a while now but they are still around and they continue to cause thousands of deaths.

The Associated Press reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to make an announcement on Thursday asking companies and restaurants to get rid of trans fat for good. FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg said that eliminating it from the food industry could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths every year.

Over the last several years, most of the food industry has eliminated trans fat from its products but there are a lot of foods that still contain the heart-clogging ingredient. The FDA will soon consider trans fats to be unsafe which means that companies will have to petition the agency to allow the ingredient in a product.

Scientists say that trans fat has no health benefits and they can contribute to heart diseases. Many companies and restaurants have used the ingredient because it can help improve the taste, shelf life  and texture of foods.

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