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Food Industry Ditches Trans Fats, Kids’ Cholesterol Levels Drop | Mother Jones

August 21, 2012

But a better question is, why did they hang around for so long? As early as 1994, the Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to require labeling of trans fats. In a 2004 article in Gourmet Magazine, Teicholz showed that research had linked small amounts of trans fats to heart trouble for decades, and neither the food industry, nor its ostensible watchdog the Food and Drug Administration, nor medical groups like the American Heart Association, did a damned thing about it. Why did it take until 2006 for the labeling rule to come in place?

Teicholz reports trans fat production was dominated by agribusiness giants Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland, and Bunge. These companies ran a trade group called the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO), which “for decades” worked “behind the scenes to squelch bad news about trans fats.” Teicholz reports:

As far back as 1968, the ISEO was mentioned in an internal memo written by the medical director of the American Heart Association: According to the memo, the ISEO objected to the AHA’s intention to include a warning about trans fats in its dietary guidelines; subsequently, the AHA took it out.

And the food industry, too, actively sought to repress research showing trans fats’ ill effects. According to Teicholz,%

via Food Industry Ditches Trans Fats, Kids’ Cholesterol Levels Drop | Mother Jones.

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