Partially hydrogenated oils not "generally recognized as safe," says FDA

Partially hydrogenated oils, the ingredient linked to trans fats in the American diet, received a designation of not "generally recognized as safe" Thursday in FDA proposed regulations. "While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. Although food manufacturers have lowered trans fats by more than 73% since 2005, the agency says further reduction could save lives by preventing 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 cardiovascular deaths in the U.S. each year.

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