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FDA Acts to Provide Better Information to Consumers on Trans Fats

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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