November 8, 2013
FDA ANNOUNCES COMMENT PERIOD ON TRANS FAT. . . . .On Thursday, November 7, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration opened a 60-day comment period to measure support for the removal of trans fats (created through partial hydrogenation) from generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status. Removing GRAS status of trans fats would result in the elimination of partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply over time.
The hydrogenation process increases the stability of vegetable oils, including soybean oil, to be used in frying and baking applications. Increased stability allows the oil to last longer in fryers and products made with the oil to last longer on the shelf.
Since 2005, the soybean industry and food manufacturers have lowered the amount of trans fats in the American diet by more than 70 percent. Currently only about 15 percent (2 billion pounds) of the edible soy oil market is partially hydrogenated. High oleic soybean oil is expected to fill a significant portion of that market, when adequate supplies become available. However, regulatory hurdles have delayed the commercialization of high oleic soybeans.
HORSEMEAT PROCESSING ON HOLD — AGAIN (UPDATED) --- A federal court in Denver has temporarily halted moves to open unrelated horsemeat processing plants in New Mexico and Missouri that were slated to open this month, according to a report by Reuters and other news media.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order that blocked the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture from inspecting the facilities just days after a federal judge in New Mexico dismissed a lawsuit filed in July by an animal rights group seeking to block the effort to open horse slaughtering plants in the Unites States.
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