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FDA moves to ban trans fats

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A major decision by the FDA that could lead to dramatic changes in the food we eat every day.

The agency said artificial trans fats are no longer "generally recognized as safe."

It can be found in things like french fries, desserts and even pizza.

We're talking about trans fat and now the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to completely remove it from the US food supply saying it's 'not safe.'

Doctors have warned for quite some time eating food that contain trans fat can increase your risk for heart disease and other medical problems.

So why is the FDA making this move now?

"We've gotten more concerned about health care costs, a number of people with chronic diseases and the role that food can play in health and so the science is now much more clear than it was 10 or 15 years ago," Dan Glickman, a Former Agriculture Secretary said. 

According to the FDA not only are foods that contain trans fat not safe, they are also not necessary.

"They put hydrogen in them to make them cook easier. I don't think it's a taste issue. it was cheaper for the food companies to do this over the years," Glickman said. 

Some say trans fats do alter the taste, and increase shelf-life, but many fast food places like McDonalds have already stopped using them anyway.

The company's website says all of its fried menu items are free of trans fat.

But that won't necessarily make food healthier.

"What if they replace it with the saturated fat, which we also know leads to the same issues,"  Julie Schwartz, Registered Dietitian & Obesity Expert said. 

Right now the FDA has opened a 60 day "comment period" to get more information.

After that if this plan is finalized it could take less than a year to complete.

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KTIV's Stephanie Ross talks to local health officials about the issue. 

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