Tag Archives: PHO

WHO Offers Plan to Eliminate Industrially-Produced Trans Fatty Acids

One week after suggesting that adults and children reduce their intake of trans fatty acids to less than 1% of total energy intake (see our May 8, 2018 blog for details), the World Health Organization (WHO) released a plan aimed at eliminating industrially-produced trans fatty acids from the global food supply. The plan, REPLACE, is … Continue Reading

Health Canada Proposes Banning PHOs in Foods

Health Canada announced on April 7, 2017, that it intends to implement a prohibition on the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in food by adding PHOs to Part One of the List of Contaminants and Other Adulterating Substances in Foods. The announcement includes a summary of the comments received, along with the Health Canada’s … Continue Reading

Health Canada Proposes Elimination of PHOs in Foods

Health Canada is proposing to eliminate partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from foods sold in Canada. The use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in foods has come under scrutiny in the past several years.  For example, as previously covered on this blog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on June 16, 2015 that there is no longer … Continue Reading

Tracking Compliance Dates for FDA Nutrition Initiatives

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received a number of questions on the timing of compliance dates for its nutrition initiatives. In response, the Agency published a reminder of those compliance dates on October 7, 2016. See: Questions and Answers for Food Manufacturers on Compliance Dates for Nutrition Initiatives. Several of FDA’s key … Continue Reading

PHO Petition Pending

FDA reviewing food additive petition to cover limited uses of PHOs. As previously covered on this blog, FDA announced that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) under any conditions of use in food.  Following the Agency’s action, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) submitted … Continue Reading

PHOs: Pause for Primary Jurisdiction

California federal judge finds plausible state law cause of action, but stays trans fat lawsuit pending FDA’s consideration of PHO petition. (subscription to Law360 required) As previously covered on this blog, class action lawsuits have been filed in the wake of FDA’s determination (tentative in 2013, final as of June 2015) that there is no … Continue Reading

Serial Plaintiff Shutdown

Judge dismisses proposed class action lawsuit filed by “serial plaintiff.” (subscription to Law360 required) As previously covered on this blog, a lawsuit was filed in the “Food Court” in which the plaintiff alleged that that the presence of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in defendant’s noodle products may violate California law.  The judge found “plausible allegations” … Continue Reading

PHO Petition Progress

GMA submits food additive petition to FDA to seek approval of low-level PHO uses. As previously covered on this blog, FDA recently announced that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) under any conditions of use in food.  Going forward, PHOs will be … Continue Reading

PHO Plaintiffs

Lawsuit proceeds on the premise that the use of PHOs in foods may violate California law. (subscription to Law360 required) As previously covered on this blog, FDA recently issued a final determination stating that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) under any … Continue Reading

PHO Protections

House Appropriations Committee approves bill amendment aimed at protecting food industry from PHO-related litigation until 2018. As recently covered on this blog, FDA issued a final determination stating that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) under any conditions of use in food. … Continue Reading

PHOs Not GRAS

FDA announces final determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are not GRAS. In November 2013, FDA announced its tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) were not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) based on the link between trans fats and health risks, such as coronary heart disease (CHD), as identified by scientific evidence and expert scientific panels, such as … Continue Reading

Oh, PHOoey

Two major food manufacturers face class action lawsuits for using artificial trans fats in processed foods. (subscription to Law360 required) Artificial trans fats are substances created by the addition of hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.  The primary source of dietary trans fats in processed food is “partially hydrogenated oils” or … Continue Reading
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