DEAR DAVE

It's been 2 years since CSPI petitioned the FDA to count trans as saturated fat on labels and to ban claims like "low-cholesterol" or "low-saturated-fat" on foods that are high in trans.

"We're moving forward on the petition," says FDA nutritionist Camile Brewer. Perhaps the FDA needs another nudge (see below). Says Harvard's Walter Willett: "It's outrageous that people can't find out how much of this harmful fat their foods contain."


To: David Kessler, Commissioner
Food and Drug Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 1471
Rockville, Maryland 20857

Re: Docket No. 94P-0036-CP1


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I urge you to take swift action on the petition by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and require that trans fat be included with saturated fat on food labels. Also, the amount of trans fat should be limited in foods that make claims like low-saturated-fat," "cholesterol-free," or "cooked in vegetable oil." And "partially hydrogenated oil" should be called "partially saturated shortening" on food labels.


Clip and mail this postcard to Commissioner Kessler today!

To send an e-mail click oco@fdacd.ssw.dhhs.gov. here. Remember to include the docket number in your e-mail. Thanks.


To check out the Trans article from the Nutrition Action Healthletter click here.