Trans Fats and Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Background Information on Trans Fats and Partially Hydrogenated Oils

As you might already be aware, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a final ruling (June 16, 2015) on their previous tentative determination (November 2013) that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in food, be removed from the "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS) list. 

We are offering the related IFIC Foundation resources below for those who have interest in learning more about the GRAS process and nutrition science that FDA reviews when making such decisions. 

  • Facts on Fat: In this video, Dr. Eric Decker, Professor of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, and Bonnie Taub-Dix, MS, RD discuss the role of fat in our diet.


Additionally, IFIC has conducted consumer research that may also be of interest:

If you would like assistance in locating other nutrition or food safety expert on this topic or others, please contact Matt Raymond ( or Laura Kubitz ( at 202-296-6540.

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