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FDA has proposed a rule to ban the major source of trans fats in processed food—partially
hydrogenated oils (PHOs)—which are created via the process of adding hydrogen
to vegetable oils in order to make them semi-solid.
timing and intent of the FDA’s rule is suspect for two reasons. First, it was
announced only after most companies had already eliminated trans fat—it’s
currently only in a handful of foods. Second, the ban will promote market
demand for two new GMO soybeans by Monsanto and DuPont, which are engineered for
trans fat free oils. Essentially, the FDA released the PHO ban at a politically
perfect point: when it would no longer anger Big Food, but would be of
tremendous benefit to Big Biotech’s and Big Food’s newly deregulated products.
FDA is soliciting comments on its proposed ban on PHOs. Please send your
message to the FDA today, and ask them to ban PHOs immediately. That would put
a monkey wrench in what seems to be the plan, because the toxic GMO oils
wouldn’t be available yet.
Please personalize your
message if you have the time!
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]