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Saturday, December 31, 2005
OK so along with FedEx, UPS, USPS, and DHL rates going up in the first 10 days of January 2006, the FDA has finally issued a deadline for all food companies to upgrade their food labels, effective January 1st, 2006.

The article can be found here.

However, one prominent attorney and Washington DC Lobbyist has issues with the new food labels and explains very clearly on his site. He asserts that since so much money is involved in changing the ingredients to make 0 grams trans fats, the FDA has given leniency to the companies to write 0 grams trans fats as long as the product contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat, which is a significant amount.

Here is an excerpt from his site: [If you want to read the article in its entirety, please go to Mr. Stephen L. Joseph's site.

Under FDA regulations, "if the serving contains less than 0.5 gram [of trans fat], the content, when declared, shall be expressed as zero."

Suppose you eat one serving of Product A, one serving of Product B, and one serving of Product C. Let's assume that each product contains 0.4 grams per serving. You have just consumed 1.2 grams of trans fat, despite the fact that each of the labels claims that the products contain zero grams of trans fat per serving! Click here for an article about the less than 0.5 gram rule. So be sure to check the ingredients list. If the words "partially hydrogenated" appear in the ingredients, the product contains trans fat. Also note that if the word "shortening" in the ingredient, the product probably contains partially hydrogenated oil which means that it contains trans fat.

That's all for today's post. If we don't post tomorrow, Have a very happy and healthy New Year, and let's all try to make practical and few resolutions this year so we can all stick to them!

Best regards from the entire CLC TEAM!

by: CLCLeather

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