Target: Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Praise passage of full ban on trans fats that will save millions of lives and billions of dollars in healthcare costs.
The Food and Drug Administration has banned the use of all trans fats in food production in an enormous win for the health of all people living in the United States. This is thanks to the work of tireless FDA employees and activists, including those who signed this Force Change petition. Large food producers will now no longer be permitted to use partially hydrogenated oils, which have proven harmful, in their products. This ban will save thousands of lives in its first year alone and the FDA deserves to be applauded.
According to the wording of the ban, all food producers must remove trans fast from their products by 2018 or apply for an exemption. Such exemptions are only to be given in the case that the producer can prove that the trans fats will not be harmful. This is an exceedingly difficult task as it is well documented that trans fats not only raise bad cholesterol, they actually lower good cholesterol as well.
The ban is already proving unpopular with large food producers, who have traditionally wielded much power in the government, but now find themselves powerless. Companies that have peddled their unhealthy victuals for years are bemoaning the fact that they stand to lose an estimated $6.2 billion over the course of the next 20 years. This complaint ignores the fact that literally millions of lives will be saved over the same period and an estimated $140 billion will be saved in other areas, mostly due to lower healthcare spending.
This ban will save millions of lives and billions of dollars going forward and everyone who has worked on it and supported it deserves commendation. Please sign here to thank the FDA for hearing the voices of the community and for ensuring the better health of millions of people.
Dear Deputy Commissioner Taylor,
I am writing to thank you directly for heading up the FDA’s recent ban on trans fats in foods. As you well know this ban will save millions of lives and billions of dollars over the course of the next 20 years alone and will hopefully do even more change the culture of food production in the United States. It seems that food producers have fallen into the mindset that whatever foods will sell the fastest should be made, never stopping to ask themselves what the consequences of such food might be.
Obesity has become an increasingly prevalent and expensive problem over the course of the last two decades. Many have said that people need to simply exercise more, but the issue is not solely that people are sick or lazy, it’s that our food is sick. You have done a great deal to ensure that our food makes a recovery so that we too can recover. Thank you once again and please continue to fight for the health of each and every U.S. citizen.
[Your Name Here]
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