US FDA releases proposal to ban trans fats, citing health risks

Alexes Garcia makes cinnamon rolls for student's lunch in the kitchen at Kepner Middle School in Denver on Jan 18, 2012. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a proposal to ban partially hydrogenated oils
Alexes Garcia makes cinnamon rolls for student's lunch in the kitchen at Kepner Middle School in Denver on Jan 18, 2012. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a proposal to ban partially hydrogenated oils as no longer "generally recognised as safe", a move it says reflects the health risks associated with the consumption of trans fat. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday released a proposal to ban partially hydrogenated oils as no longer "generally recognised as safe", a move it says reflects the health risks associated with the consumption of trans fat.

Under the proposal, which will be subject to a public comment period, partially hydrogenated oils would become food additives subject to pre-market approval by the FDA.

Foods containing unapproved food additives are considered adulterated under US law, meaning they cannot legally be sold, the FDA said in a release.