Issues & Advocacy

Issue Brief

Trans Fat

The Food and Drug Administration in 2015 announced that it is removing partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of artificial trans fat in food, from its “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) list.

The decision means that, starting in July 2018, restaurants, foodservice operators, manufacturers, and others will no longer be permitted to sell items made with or containing partially hydrogenated oils without prior FDA approval.

Trans fat, which generally is used to help extend shelf life and improve texture and taste of certain food products, such as pastries and other baked goods, has been linked to heart disease.

Many restaurants have already taken steps to reduce or eliminate trans fat from their menu items. However, it is virtually impossible to eliminate all trans fat from restaurant foods.

The NRA actively engaged in discussions with the FDA and Office of Management and Budget last year to discuss the proposal. The NRA will continue to provide education on the issue and what to do to comply with the decision.