Survey to help form trans-fat comments for FDA

by Jeff Gelski
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WASHINGTON — The National Restaurant Association is conducting a survey of industry professionals to determine how a tentative Food and Drug Administration decision to ban partially hydrogenated oils would affect how the restaurant industry conducts business.

The Washington-based association said it would use the information collected through the survey to ensure its comments to the FDA appropriately reflect industry challenges in eliminating partially hydrogenated oils and artificial trans fat from menu options. The NRA survey will be open through Dec. 11 and available at

The FDA in the Nov. 8 Federal Register proposed a rule to eliminate the Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status of partially hydrogenated oils, which produce artificial trans fats in products. The FDA said it will accept comments on its rule proposal until Jan. 7. The NRA has asked for a 60-day extension.
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