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On July 9, 2003, FDA issued a regulation requiring manufacturers to list trans fatty acids, or trans fat, on the Nutrition Facts panel of foods and some dietary supplements. With this rule, consumers have more information to make healthier food choices that could lower their consumption of trans fat as part of a heart-healthy diet. Scientific reports have confirmed the relationship between trans fat and an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
Food manufacturers have until Jan. 1, 2006, to list trans fat on the nutrition label. FDA estimates that by three years after that date, trans fat labeling will have prevented from 600 to 1,200 cases of coronary heart disease and 250 to 500 deaths each year.
For additional information see:
HHS Press Release
What Every Consumer Should Know About Trans Fatty Acids
Examples of Food Labels with Information on Trans Fats
FDA Backgrounder: FDA Acts to Provide Better Information to Consumers on Trans Fats
Questions and Answers Regarding the Trans Fat Labeling Regulation
Federal Register: Final Rule
Federal Register: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Trans Fat Radio Spot (477 KB)
Transcript of Trans Fat Radio Spot
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