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FDA Extends Compliance Date On Some Uses Of PHOs, Denies GMA Food Additive Petition

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today extended the compliance date for certain uses of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) to Jan. 1, 2020.

For the majority of uses of PHOs, June 18, 2018, remains the date after which manufacturers cannot add PHOs to foods, FDA noted. However, to allow for an orderly transition in the marketplace, the agency is allowing more time for products produced prior to June 18, 2018, to work their way through distribution.

PHOs are the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in food, FDA explained. Consuming artificial trans fat raises the level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and reduces the level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol in the blood.

In June of 2015, FDA issued its final determination that PHOs were no longer Generally Recognized as Safe for any use in human food and set a compliance period of three years to allow industry time to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or submit a food additive petition to FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs.

FDA said it has been informed by a number of trade associations representing many segments of the food industry that they have replaced the PHO uses that are not covered by a food additive petition submitted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and thus will be able to stop using PHOs by the June 18, 2018, compliance date.

However, the trade associations have also informed the agency that, due to shelf lives ranging from three to 24 months, a variety of products containing non-petitioned uses of PHOs will be in distribution on, and for some time after, the compliance date in the final order.

The trade associations have also informed FDA that, if the agency denies GMA’s food additive petition, they will need additional time beyond June 18, 2018, to remove and replace the petitioned uses and deplete the products in distribution.

FDA today also denied the GMA’s food additive petition. To allow for time for reformulation, the agency is extending until June 18, 2019, the compliance date to stop manufacturing foods with these specific, limited petitioned uses of PHOs, and until Jan. 1, 2021, for these products to work their way through distribution.

The extended compliance dates distinguish between uses of PHOs for which FDA has been petitioned by GMA and all other uses of PHOs not authorized by FDA that are considered “non-petitioned” uses.

After the compliance dates, foods may be subject to enforcement action by FDA.
The petitioned uses are as follows:

—PHO, or a blend of PHOs, used as a solvent or carrier, or a component thereof, for flavoring agents
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