FDA Cracking Down on Food Manufacturers Requiring the Removal of Trans Fat

Artificial trans fat gives food a longer shelf life but is thought to be unhealthy, linked to heart problems and death.
1:19 | 06/16/15

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tonight to the big change coming to your kitchen right at the dinner hour. The fda announcing a move that they say could save thousands of lives, companies taking out a key greed yet in several popular foods. Will they taste different? Will they cost you more? Here's ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: The fda cracking down on food manufacturers today, giving them three years to remove transfat from their products, saying it's not generally recognized as safe in human food. Are we going to sacrifice taste and texture? Over the past few years a lot of brands have been removing the transfat from products without any notice. Reporter: You likely have transfat in your pantry right now. Many doctors consider it the worst type of fat. It can raise bad cholesterol and lower the good kind and gikts to 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths each year. The product is going to become more expensive. The food companies are going to have to figure an alternative. Reporter: While that slice of cake may cost a bit more, removing transfat will prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year, increasing the shelf life of many Americans. Linsey Davis, ABC news, new York.

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