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GMA Responds to FDA Decision on PHO Food Additive Petition

GMA Press Contact

Brian Kennedy

office: 202-639-5994

(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association issued the following statement from Leon Bruner, EVP of Science and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer, on today’s decision by the Food & Drug Administration to deny GMA’s food additive petition seeking specific and limited uses of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

“Food and beverage companies have already successfully reduced PHO-related trans-fats by more than 98 percent. We appreciate FDA’s extension of the compliance date for the specific and limited uses in our food additive petition; this gives companies a year to reformulate those remaining products and additional time for any products already in commerce to exit the marketplace.

“We are disappointed by FDA’s finding; we believe the petition presented extensive and verifiable data that supported the scientific basis for a safety approval of these minor continued uses of PHOs.”



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