FDA Takes First Step Towards Eliminating Trans Fats in Processed Foods

Friday, 08 November 2013 13:44  



MADISON, Wis. (November 8, 2013)–Yesterday the FDA announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. This preliminary determination is based on strong scientific evidence and findings from expert scientific panels.

If the FDA finalizes its preliminary determination that trans fats are a threat to health, it will require the food industry to phase out trans fats, as they would be classified as “food additives” that cannot be used in food unless authorized by strict regulation.

PCNA Scientific Advisory Board member and Associate Dean, Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida Catherine Christie PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND, FPCNA, commented on the positive impact this action will make on the nation’s cardiovascular health.

“Consumption of processed foods containing trans fat is known to raise LDL cholesterol levels- a strong but modifiable cardiovascular risk factor. Even though the population intake of trans fat has decreased over the past 20 years, it remains a significant contributor to cardiovascular disease. This action by the FDA, once fully implemented by the food industry, will have life-saving impact,” said Christie.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year.

PCNA looks forward to continuing its support of public health initiatives that complement clinical strategies for the cardiovascular health improvement of all Americans. 

Official FDA news release

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The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals. The mission of PCNA is to promote nurses as leaders in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease. PCNA does this by educating and supporting nurses through the development of professional and patient education, leadership, and advocacy. For more information call 1-608-250-2440 or visit www.pcna.net.

Contact: Paige Kiecker, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, pkiecker@pcna.net, 608-250-2440 x5

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