SUBSCRIBE

Breaking News on Food & Beverage Development - North AmericaEU edition | Asian edition

Latest news on trans fats, partially hydrogenated oils, saturated fats, healthy fats

Trans- and saturated fats

News that the FDA is considering revoking the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats from the US food supply has been broadly welcomed, although some industry stakeholders believe the move could have unintended consequences. But how long should the agency give industry to phase them out? Meanwhile, is saturated fat really the nutritional bogeyman it has been made out to be?

Special edition: Oils & fats

Bakers on trans fat crackdown: 'There are uses of PHOs that FDA wasn't aware of'

On the face of it, the FDA’s proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) - the source of most of the ‘artificial’ trans fats in the US food...

Special edition: Oils & Fats

Chewing the fat with Columbus Vegetable Oils: ‘We had a lot of phone calls after FDA dropped the PHO bomb…’

While the food industry has been reducing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) for years, Illinois-based Columbus Vegetable Oils still had a few panicky phone calls when the FDA “dropped the PHO...

Special edition: Oils & fats

Partially hydrogenated oils? We have all the tools to replace them now, says Dow

A lot of food manufacturers are not happy with FDA proposals to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). Meanwhile, the soybean industry is urging the agency to...

Special edition: Oils & fats

Time for a rethink on saturated fat?

If the cover of TIME magazine earlier this month (headline: Eat Butter) is anything to go by, it would seem that the conversation about fat, and saturated fat in particular,...

Handful of foods responsible for high sat fat, sodium intake in young kids: Nestle FITS

Specific foods consumed by young children are resulting in excessive intake of saturated fat and sodium in their daily diets, according to new findings from the 2008 Nestle Feeding Infants...

Special edition: Is banning partially hydrogenated oils the best way to crack down on trans fats?

On the face of it, the FDA’s proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) - the source of most of the ‘artificial’ trans fats in the US food...

More pushback from industry over FDA trans-fat crackdown: Soybean industry has ‘grave concerns’, cardiologist says we should act now

FDA proposals to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in order to crack down on trans fats will lead to increased saturated fat intakes, greater reliance on...

Big interview: Ethan Brown and Brent Taylor, co-founders, Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat founders: 'We’re a meat company that makes products from plants'

“We’re a meat company that make products from plants”, say the entrepreneurs behind Beyond Meat, which makes "near-perfect replicas of meat" from plants. And they’re thinking big. After all, why...

Saturated fat in the dock: ‘Our nutritional courts tried and convicted the wrong man’

As the debate over the role of saturated fat in cardiovascular disease intensifies, the authors of a new commentary claim that the “real villains” in the American diet are trans...

News in brief

Trans fat crackdown: Banning PHOs will cause massive headaches for chewing gum makers, claims association

FDA proposals to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in order to crack down on trans fats will cause massive headaches for gum manufacturers, according to the...

Trans fat crackdown: Here are two practical alternatives to a blanket ban on PHOs, industry tells FDA

Two practical alternatives to a blanket ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) would help the FDA achieve its objective (cracking down on trans-fats) without causing formulation nightmares, claim leading food...

Should dietary guidelines about saturated fat be changed?

UPDATED* - A high-profile study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last week has re-opened the debate about whether saturated fat has been unfairly cast in the role of...

Judge blasts plaintiff in trans-fat lawsuit vs Smucker for claiming ‘grossly excessive’ attorneys’ fees, costs

The fees claimed by the plaintiff in a high-profile - but ultimately unsuccessful - class action lawsuit against JM Smucker over trans fats are “grossly excessive”, according to the judge...

How many products making ‘0g trans-fat’ claims still contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (PHOs)?

How many products with ‘0g trans-fat’ on the label still contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, a key source of harmful artificial trans-fats? Not as many as you might think, according...

Further evidence questions fat intake guidelines and heart disease links

A review of more than 72 clinical studies has raised further questions over current guidelines relating to fat intake - which generally restrict the consumption of saturated fats and encourage...

No sugar reduction in Mondelēz health and wellness pledge

Mondelēz is to cut saturated fat and sodium by 10% by 2020, but suggests reducing consumer sugar intake is manageable with portion controlled products and education.

Bakers blast 'flawed' FDA trans-fat crackdown: 'It's unlawful, unnecessary and will have unintended consequences'

Revoking the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to crack down on artificial trans fats is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut, says the...

Dietary guidelines are wrong on saturated fats, claims cardiovascular researcher

Recommendations to replace saturated fat with carbohydrates or polyunsaturated fat are “severely challenged” and should be revised, claims an editorial published in Open Heart, a new journal from the BMJ Group....

American Heart Association to FDA: The industry doesn’t need years to phase out artificial trans fats

The food industry doesn’t need years to phase out partially hydrogenated oils (which create harmful artificial trans fats), according to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of...

Decoding the future of healthy bakery

 Governments, NGOs and consumers are driving change in the bakery sector, but how can industry keep up? What’s the next direction for healthy bakery? And will this future need to...

FDA’s proposed nutrition label changes emphasize calories, serving sizes

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total...

Sat fat linked to increased levels of dangerous abdominal fat

The fat composition of food not only influences cholesterol levels and the risk of cardiovascular disease but also governs where the fat will be stored in the body, say researchers.

Nutrition label update: A tweak or an overhaul?

On Thursday the Obama administration unveiled the changes that the Food and Drug Administration drafted to the nutrition facts panel (see what the FDA is proposing here ). In anticipation of...

Mondelez touts 100% RSPO-certified palm oil - two years ahead of schedule

Mondelez International reached its 2015 goal of sourcing 100% RSPO-certified palm oil for all its purchases last year – two years ahead of schedule, the company has said.

THE FOODNAVIGATOR-USA BUSINESS LEADERS ROUND TABLE DEBATE

Highlights from FoodNavigator-USA’s CEO debate: From GMOs to gourmet popcorn, plant eggs & the rise and rise of gluten-free…

What keeps the CEOs of some of the most innovative US food and beverage firms awake at night? 

Key Industry Events

 

Access all events listing

Our events, Events from partners...