Require Companies to Accurately Label Trans Fat Content

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Target: Food and Drug Administration

Goal: Require all trans fat content to be reported on nutrition labels

A special type of fat called trans-fat is especially harmful to the body. Though it must be reported on nutrition labels, the Food and Drug Administration unbelievably allows companies to mislead customers by reporting 0.49 grams of trans fat as 0 grams. Tell the FDA this is completely unacceptable and it should require companies to accurately report all trans fat content.

Trans fat, which is a chemically altered fat that does not exist in nature, has been linked to many diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and cholesterol problems. The medical community advises people to avoid it completely because no amount has been shown to be safe. Unfortunately, because of an odd loophole approved by the FDA, well-intentioned people can unknowingly consume almost half a gram of trans-fat per serving when they eat foods listed as having 0 grams on the nutrition label. This could easily add up to several grams over the course of a day, enough to raise health risk factors.

Remind the FDA that its duty is to protect public health and not to cater to food companies. Demand that it require companies to accurately report all amounts of trans fat and to ensure that “0 grams” of trans fat is indeed 0 grams.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Food and Drug Administration,

Your organization is entrusted with protecting public health by ensuring food and drug safety and information accuracy. Given how harmful trans fat has been shown to be, it is incredibly misleading to allow companies to report “0 grams” of trans fat on the nutrition label when the food may actually contain up to 0.49 grams per serving. Please correct this immediately and require companies to accurately report trans fat content.

Trans fat has been linked to obesity, heart disease, and cholesterol problems. The medical community urges the public to avoid it as much as possible because no amount has been shown to be safe. It is unfair to well-intentioned consumers who are trying to avoid trans fat to mislead them by labeling small amounts of this fat as “0 grams.” Over the course of a day, a person who eats such foods may unknowingly consume several grams of this harmful substance.

Please remember that the FDA’s duty is to protect public health and not give in to food companies at the expense of the public.  It is not fair to mislead trusting customers. Require accurate, honest reporting of trans fat content on nutrition labels.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Ben Ostrowsky

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  1. Trans fat is deadly and it should be banned.

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