The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that food companies have three years to phase out the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main source of artificial trans fats in processed foods, from their products.
Since 2006, manufacturers have been required to label any trans fat present in food products, and both companies and consumers have been shifting away from products containing these fats. The FDA's announcement underlies the point that trans fats are unsafe at any levels.
Trans fats contribute to coronary heart disease, and the FDA asserts their elimination from foods will save thousands of lives every year.
The agency's move to ban trans is welcome news for public health proponents, but there are a number of other potentially unsafe food and chemical additives that food and product safety advocates would like to see taken out of goods sold for consumer use. Chances are you can find many of these chemicals in products in your kitchen or bathroom.