Tag Archives: TRANS FAT

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

WHO Targets Saturated and Trans Fatty Acids

The World Health Organization (WHO) released draft guidelines on saturated fatty acid and trans-fatty acid intake for adults and children. The draft guidelines suggest that adults and children reduce their intake of saturated fatty acids to less than 10% of total energy intake and their intake of trans-fatty acids to less than 1% of total … 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

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

Eye on the EU: Reports on Chemicals and Trans Fats

EFSA publishes an overview report on chemicals in food for 2015. As requested by the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published for the first time a report on chemicals found in food. This exercise will be repeated every year and will cover two topics:  (1) pesticide residues in food, and (2) veterinary drug … Continue Reading

Trans Fat Free

Ninth Circuit ruling shines spotlight on the “trans fat free” claim arena. A “nutrient content claim” is a claim that expressly or implicitly characterizes the level of a nutrient of the type required to be in nutrition labeling.  As a general matter, FDA must authorize specific nutrient content claims.  For years, there has been debate … Continue Reading
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