FDA to Ban Trans Fats Everywhere

By Kelly Dobkin  |  November 7, 2013

While trans fats have been banned in cities like NYC for years, and slowly disappearing from grocery store products, the FDA is getting rid of them for good. Later today the agency will announce plans to phase out trans fats in food served in the U.S. entirely, but it will be a gradual process. FDA deputy commissioner Michael Taylor tells AP: "We want to do it in a way that doesn't unduly disrupt markets, but industry has demonstrated that it is by and large feasible to do." The agency will remove them from their "generally recognized as safe" category and once they are off, anyone who wants to use them will have to petition the agency, although requests will not likely be approved. Naturally this will have a sizable impact on the restaurant industry in areas where the product is still allowed, most likely driving up costs for many. [AP]