Shortening, pie crusts, brownies and microwave popcorn could be partially exempt from a government phase out of artificial trans fats—if the food industry gets its way.
The Food and Drug Administration announced in June that it is requiring food companies to largely rid their foods of the artery-clogging fats over the next three years, calling them a threat to public health. But food companies can still petition to use them sparingly.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the leading industry group for the food industry, said Wednesday that it is petitioning the FDA to continue the use of artificial trans fats in hundreds of foods, from tiny amounts in breakfast cereals to larger amounts in shortening and pie crusts.
The food industry argues that the levels would not increase heart disease risk any more than naturally occurring trans fats from meat and dairy products.