PHOs set to be banned in US foodstuffs

By Nicholas Robinson contact

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The US Food and Drug Administration plans to remove PHOs from foodstuffs
The US Food and Drug Administration plans to remove PHOs from foodstuffs

Related tags: Hydrogenation, Trans fat, Nutrition

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) consultation on plans to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from processed foods closes March 8.

Scientific studies have led the FDA to conclude that PHOs are the main source of industrially-produced trans fatty acids (trans fats) in processed foods. The FDA is now considering whether to remove the generally recognised as safe (GRAS) status of PHOs. This would stop PHOs from being used in products, unless companies could prove their safety.

“If finalised, this would mean that food manufacturers would no longer be permitted to sell PHOs, either directly or as ingredients in another food product, without prior FDA approval for use as a food additive,”​ said the FDA.

Related topics: Fats & oils

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