Hang onto your microwave popcorn and frozen pizza, the FDA has now OFFICIALLY banned trans fats (hydrogenated oils). Here is a little trivia that might amuse you: Shortening, the BIG gun in trans fats, is only available in the US and Canada. The rest of the world has never gotten on board with the idea of making oil a solid at room temperature, which is what hydrogenating oil does.
Leaping Lard, Batman! We're gonna all be eating like the rest of the world soon! Where can you look for changes? Cake mix, crackers, baking mixes, everything in the office vending machine, doughnuts, snack cakes, candy, crackers, cookies, fried foods...the list is endless. By the way, it is perfectly legal to label a food "zero trans fat" if it contains .5 grams of trans fat or less.
Trans fats are like conditioners and preservatives all at once. They are what keeps the bread you buy on Monday from being stale and hard on Wednesday. They give Twinkies that reputation for surviving decades. They keep that stuff in the vending machine from getting gross and they give brownie mix its shelf stability. We don't need it.
I don't eat a whole lot of processed foods (I DO have a weakness for saltine crackers) so I'm finding this amusing as well as interesting. I want to see what the food manufacturers do to make the change. What I think you will notice is that the expiration dates will be a whole lot closer to the manufacturing date than they used to be.
I'm off to buy me some lard to bake holiday pies...Crisco is having an issue right now! What do you think about this ruling?