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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Conservative Women’s Group Protests Trans Fat Ban

Conservative Women’s Group Protests Trans Fat Ban

In response to the FDA’s new regulation banning trans fats from restaurants and food manufacturers, a conservative women’s advocacy group has released a statement condemning the ruling.

The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), which describes itself as a non-partisan educational and research group headquartered in Washington, D.C., states that the ban will “disproportionally hurt small food businesses.”

The new regulation requires the removal of all PHOs (partially hydrogenated oils) from manufactured foods by 2018, unless exempted by special permission of the FDA. Since the FDA has already agreed that trans fats contribute to a variety of heart problems, such as coronary heart disease, they believe that the ban will “reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

The IWF argues that American consumption of trans fat has already been reduced by 78 percent since 2003, as food producers phased PHOs out of their products by choice, and that those who continue to use them are mainly mom-and-pop shops that will take a financial hit adjusting their recipes to the regulation.

The Forum’s statement also argues that the trans fat ban insults the American consumer, who should be able to make these types of dietary decisions for themselves, and not have them made by agency regulators.

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  • 4sanity4all

    There will be three years to make the switch. Plenty of time to use up old stock and develop new products.

    • Bob Eddy

      Not if you’re a conservative that hasn’t come up with a new idea in the last couple hundred years!

  • Control.. Control and if that doesn’t work, utilize control.

  • rednekokie

    These “conservative women” must be the grossly overweight aisle blockers in WalMart, dressed in their stretch pants, many riding an electric shopper scooter, who only search for low price, not high quality.
    Sure, they have a choice! And I have a choice to avoid them.

  • P`tar

    There goes the Crisco. No real loss, I’ll use lard. I prefer it anyway and it’s better for you.