Several nutritional experts hailed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to phase out partially hydrogenated oils, with AOCS member and Pennsylvania State University professor Penny Kris-Etherton calling for a schedule of "months not years." Meanwhile, manufacturers have offered possible alternatives to PHOs, including interesterified vegetable oils, high-oleic canola and soybean oils, and blends of palm oil fractions and other oils. All are possible replacements for trans fat, although research and development efforts on more healthful fats must continue, said Erik Heggen of ADM.

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