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FDA Determination on Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs)

FDA Determination on Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs)

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Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products, as announced in an FDA news release on June 16, 2015.

 

The FDA has set a compliance period of three years. This will allow food and ingredient manufacturers to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or petition the FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs.  Following the compliance period, which ends June, 2018, no PHOs can be added to human food unless they are otherwise approved by the FDA.

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