FDA Proposes Adding Trans Fat Category to Nutrition Labels.
FDA based its proposal on recent studies that indicate consumption of trans fatty acids contributes to increased blood LDL-cholesterol low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol) levels, which increase the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Recent information from the American Heart Association indicates that CHD causes about 500,000 deaths annually, making it the number one cause of death in the United States. FDA also has proposed limits on trans fat on several nutrient content claims found on food labels.
Food groups welcomed the label, but held some reservations. The Grocery Manufacturers of America said "it is crucial that nutrition labels serve, not confuse, consumers." Meanwhile, the National Food Processors of America said they support the label but "it is important that consumers understand that all fats can be part of a healthful diet; the key with fat -- as with the overall diet -- is balance, moderation and variety."
In 1994, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned FDA to require that trans fat be included with saturated fat on food labels, and of last week's proposed label change the consumer group hailed FDA's long-awaited decision to label trans fat. Trans fat labeling will provide consumers with an important new tool that will allow them to judge which foods are heart healthy, CSPI said. FDA is soliciting comments from the public on the proposed rule.
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|Publication:||Food & Drink Weekly|
|Date:||Nov 22, 1999|
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