The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to extend the comment period by 60 days, to March 8, 2014, on its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food. This extension is being provided in response to numerous stakeholder requests to provide additional time for comments.
The FDA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its preliminary determination on Nov. 8, 2013. The FDA provided 60 days, until Jan. 7, 2014, for interested persons to provide comments and scientific data pertaining to the notice, including specific issues that FDA sought comments on such as possible alternative approaches, time needed for reformulation, burden on small businesses, and other technical challenges to removal of PHOs from the food supply.
In a recent ePerspective post, Eric Decker, Professor and Dept. Head, Dept. of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, chimes in with his opinion on the FDA’s decision. He explains that this proposed rule is not without consequences to many individuals so it is critical that this decision is made carefully. Read Decker’s blog post for his expert opinion on the FDA’s proposed rule and then comment with your thoughts.
FDA press release
Eric Decker’s ePerspective post