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FDA moves to ban trans fat as threat to health

WASHINGTON — Heart-damaging trans fat may soon vanish completely from supermarket products such as microwave popcorn, pie crusts, frosting, and biscuit dough after the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning the artificially manufactured fat from the food supply.

Under the proposed regulation, partially hydrogenated oils, a type of trans fat, would be dropped from the agency’s list of safe ingredients — meaning they could no longer be added to foods. The FDA has taken such action only a handful of times — to remove certain artificial sweeteners in the 1970s, and more recently when it prohibited adding caffeine to alcoholic beverages.

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