WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Dr. Leon Bruner, Chief Science Officer for the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), commented on the progress being made by the food industry in eliminating trans fats from the food supply.
“Through our efforts at product reformulation and the development of suitable alternatives, trans fats that are not naturally occurring have been drastically reduced in the food supply. Since 2003, food manufacturers have voluntarily lowered the amounts of trans fats in their food products by more than 75 percent. These successful reduction efforts are continuing today and it is now expected that the vast majority of trans fats in food products will be removed by early 2017.
“We look forward to working with the US Food & Drug Administration as we continue to achieve further reductions of trans fats in food products to the lowest levels possible. We are actively gathering the information FDA requires so they can make the determination of the level and uses permissible in food."
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year. www.gmaonline.org.