The FDA issued a final decision on trans fats Tuesday that will phase out partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main source of trans fat. The food industry has three years to do so, according to Politico.
Partially hydrogenated oils are are still used in a wide variety of products from microwave popcorn to cake frosting, writes Politico.
The government’s goal is to prevent cardiovascular disease, writes Politico. Advocates are cheering the move as a historic win for public health.
Class-action attorneys may use the ruling even before it takes effect to file lawsuits against deep-pocketed food companies that have continued to use trans fat, writes Politico.
Politico states that “the rest of the industry has reduced its use of trans fat by some 85 percent.”
According to Politico, food industry lawyers are poring over the document to see if FDA said anything that could help shield them from litigation.
The FDA on Tuesday ruled that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food, according to CNN.
Eating a diet rich in trans fat is linked to higher body weight, heart disease and memory loss, states CNN.
It has been shown to raise the “bad,” or LDL, cholesterol in the blood, which can lead to cardiovascular disease — the leading cause of death in the United States.