• NANNY STATE: FDA To Ban Trans Fats

    The Food and Drug Administration has given U.S. companies until 2018 to remove all artificial trans fats—partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs)—from their products.

    “This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year,” said Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA’s acting commissioner.

    The FDA’s decision came after the agency concluded in 2013 that trans fats are not “generally recognized as safe” for human consumption.

    This seems to be another example of Big Brother going out of the way to protect people from themselves.

    Thanks to massive public information campaigns–TV and radio ads, billboards, and the like–most American consumers have known for years that all they have to do is read a nutrition label to see the level of trans fats a product contains. The FDA also required that information be published in 2006.

    A government agency’s decision to ban a substance that is concluded to be “generally” harmful, is a slope that I don’t think we should be on.

    Perhaps the decision should have been left up to the people and local governments. New York City banned trans fats in its restaurants. The federal, one size fits all, approach to ban trans fats is a bit draconian considering all the other overwhelmingly harming substances put into products that aren’t being prohibited by the feds.

    Between 2003 to 2012, FDA data shows that trans fats consumption had dropped 78%. A lot of that decline was likely do to the wave of healthy eating lifestyle diets and restaurants that were being popularized.

    This is just more nanny state nonsense.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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