US Government to Require Trans-Fat Labels on Food
Saturday, July 12th 2003
All packaged foods sold across America will have to carry labels indicating trans-fatty acid content under new US government regulations issued on Wednesday.
"This is just the beginning of a lot more rules and regulations about [nutrition labeling]. We are moving now very rapidly," Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson told a news conference.
The new requirement, which takes effect as of January 2006, comes a year after it was recommended by government advisers at the Institute of Medicine. It was first proposed in 1999, but HHS and the Food and Drug Administration re-opened the comment period twice.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has been pressing for labels, said the move "will spur companies to reformulate products and to let consumers know how much of this dangerous and heretofore hidden fat is in packaged foods."
"It will be hard, though, for people to tell if a given number of grams of trans-fat is a lot or a little. Five grams may not seem like a lot, but it is," CSPI nutrition policy director Margo Wootan said in a statement.
McClellan said his agency had no scientific findings to use in recommending a set level of trans-fats in the diet. People should simply aim to eat as little as possible, he said, and should look for words such as "saturated" and "hydrogenated" on labels.
The rule does not apply to restaurants but Thompson said he had also been talking to the restaurant industry.
The National Food Processors Association said it was happy with the new requirement.
"This rule's effective date of 2006 will enable food companies to undertake the substantial process of redesigning and relabeling their products within a workable timeframe," Dr. Rhona Applebaum, executive vice president of the NFPA, said in a statement.
Sourced from WASHINGTON (Reuters) Jul 09
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