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FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats in Foods

Manufacturers Already Giving Up Trans Fats continued...

Johnson of the Snack Food Association says she does not know how long it will take to phase out trans fats from processed foods.

If the timeline to remove the trans fats is too brief, some products may disappear, says Janet E. Collins, PhD, RD, president of the Institute of Food Technologists. Trans fats serve a function, making cakes tender and snack foods crisp, she says.

"Manufacturers have been looking for substitutes," she says, and some are available.  Even so, she estimates, it could take 2 years to get the artificial trans fats entirely out of the food supply.

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