US bans Trans Fats because they're unsafe and Australia still allows it in our food chain

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Finally, in 2015 — 58 years after Professor Kummerow published his findings — the American F.D.A. ruled that trans fats were not considered safe and could no longer be added to food after June 18, 2018, unless a manufacturer could present convincing scientific evidence that a particular use was safe.

Dr. Willett estimated that the elimination of industrial trans fats will prevent 90,000 premature deaths a year in America.

The FDA have given the food industry 3 years to modify their products and the "FDA encourages consumers seeking to reduce trans fat intake to check a food’s ingredient list to determine whether or not it contains partially hydrogenated oil." 

So let's be clear that these are the same oils that are widely used by Australian manufacturers in our food, but there is no pending ruling to protect us from these UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION oils. Even if you wanted to avoid them you couldn't because the Australian food industry doesn't have to disclose it on their labels.

I think it's fair to say that people think if they can buy it on the self at the supermarket, or at their favourite fast food outlet or in their mayonnaise and margarine that someone has checked it and it's ok for human consumption. Well someone did and it’s not ok to eat.

Let's not get into the fact that for 50 years we've been eating it, while all along the countless scientist who have been fighting their whole careers to get the truth out there, only to be ignored, and we the public unknowingly harming ourselves. And focus on that fact that we do know now and still no one is talking about changing Australian standards! 

Doesn't the public have a right to choose if they want to limit their chance of becoming a statistic like the other 90,000 premature deaths in the US last year? Of course they should, although in Australia, even if you wanted to avoid them you couldn't because the Australian food industry isn't obligated to disclose it if they have used these unfit for human consumption oils in their food.

You have no way of knowing if that soybean oil that has been used in the organic mayonnaise you carefully picked out and paid more for is, or is not partially hydrogenated.   

As an Australian I am concerned that when this ruling is implemented in America on June 18, 2018 nothing will change here.

I'm concerned that our government has no ruling or laws holding the food industry accountable.   

Referenced from the FDA site here's the kind of foods you will find trans fats in.

Trans Fat

Most of the trans fat in the foods we eat is formed through a manufacturing process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oil, which converts the liquid into a solid fat at room temperature. This process is called hydrogenation.

Partially hydrogenated oils are the major source of artificial trans fats in the food supply. They are the most often used source of fat in commercial baked goods because they don’t spoil as quickly as other fats and have a longer shelf life.

Artificial trans fat can be found in many of the same foods as saturated fat, including:

Baked goods (cookies, cakes, pies, and crackers)
Ready-to-use frostings
Snack food (such as potato chips and microwave popcorn)
Fried food typically found in fast food restaurants (such as French fries, fried chicken, and doughnuts)
Refrigerated dough products (such as biscuits, cinnamon rolls, and frozen pizza)
Vegetable shortening
Stick margarine
Coffee creamer

Eating trans fat raises the level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. An elevated LDL cholesterol level in the blood increases your risk of developing heart disease, the leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S.

Removing PHOs from processed foods could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year. FDA has taken steps to remove artificial trans fats in processed foods. For more information, see Final Determination Regarding Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Removing Trans Fat).

Please sign this petition and share this with everyone you know because it's important and as the FDA ruling says; this information will save 90,000 preventable deaths each year and that's just in America.

 



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