The Food and Drug Administration started the regulatory process to prohibit the use of Partially Hydrogenate oils in the US food supply, by stating the ingredient is not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) as has been long recognized by the food industry. FDA published a “notice” on Nov 8 requesting scientific data and information about the topic with a deadline of January 7, 2014.
Submit electronic comments and scientific data and information to http://www.regulations.gov. The on-line submission requires agency name: Food and Drug Administration and the docket number: FDA-2013-N-1317. Submit written comments and scientific data and information to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852 and reference the same docket number.
The summary explained that based on new scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tentatively determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the primary dietary source of industrially-produced trans fatty acids, or trans fat, are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for any use in food based on current scientific evidence establishing the health risks associated with the consumption of trans fat, and therefore that PHOs are food additives. Although FDA has not listed the most commonly used PHOs, they have been used in food for many years based on self-determinations by industry that such use is GRAS. If finalized, this would mean that food manufacturers would no longer be permitted to sell PHOs, either directly or as ingredients in another food product.