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FDA Moves Toward Ban on Trans Fats

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Artificial trans fats in foods could soon be a thing of the past.

The Food and Drug Administration has said trans fats are no longer generally recognized as safe. This marks the first step towards regulating a product that is found in many processed foods.

This is a major shakeup in the food industry and it could have a very real effect on what is in the food that we all eat.

Trans fats are partially hydrogenated oils found in many processed foods to make the shelf life longer.

The FDA said trans fats are potentially dangerous to consumers' health and boost bad cholesterol levels.

This doesn't mean shoppers will see an immediate change in the super market as the ruling still has to be finalized.

The agency has opened up a 60-day period of comment and review. Once the ruling has been made final trans fats will be eliminated from food products.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this move has the potential to prevent 10- to 20-thousand heart attacks each year.

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