The FDA scored much applause when it announced its proposal to ban partially hydrogenated oils. The fats are linked with serious health risks including obesity and heart disease. They’re found in highly processed foods—even in those marketed towards children.
In a day-late-dollar-short sort of revelation, the FDA announced this week that trans fats ‘are not generally recognized as safe for use in food.’ That’s nice and everything — thanks guys, better late than never! — but let’s talk about why retroactive regulation fails any meaningful food safety goals, and (while we’re at it) why removing trans fats won’t solve the problems that processed food continues to bring to the table.