The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a new proposed rule to effectively eliminate trans-fat from all food products in the United States. The proposal is open to a 60-day comment period with a twofold objective: to certify that trans-fat, specifically partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), are not safe for human consumption; and to orchestrate a gradual elimination of trans-fats from food products over several years.

The Independent Bakers Association (IBA) is reviewing the proposal and investigating the potential impact on the baking industry. IBA members are encouraged to share thoughts, opinions or questions about the proposal via e-mail (, fax (202-337-3809) or mail (P.O. Box 3731, Washington, DC 20027-0231).

A statement from the FDA and the proposal are available here. IBA will evaluate the proposal and share elements significant to the baking industry with our members.