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FDA: No more trans fatty foods within 3 years

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You might want to check your refrigerator and kitchen cupboard, because you could have foods the federal government deems unsafe for you to eat.

Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced all trans fatty foods will be being ripped off shelves in the next three years.

"I think it's a good idea, I think it's a great idea," said Mary Kate. "Looking forward to see what the taste is going to be like."

It can make your food taste good and even make groceries last longer on store shelves, but the FDA says it's a hazard to your heart.

The FDA is giving food manufacturers three years to remove the particularly hydrogenated oils from their products.

"It's in a lot of things isn't it, not good for you either," said shopper Pete Rushton. "It's in a lot of popular foods and kids eat a lot of it, everybody does."

Trans fats are those man made, artificial fats.

Years ago there was talk about saturated fats which are animal fats and their unhealthy effects.

"They should've done this a long time ago and for years they kept telling us saturated fats were bad, that wasn't true," said Anna Quandt.

The FDA now says trans fats are probably worse than the fully saturated fats saying trans fats are not "generally recognized as safe" in human food.

Even though many food manufacturers and fast-food chains have removed or reduced trans fats - you've still got to watch out for them.

Under current rules, companies are required to list trans fats on labels, but sometimes they're listed under the term "hydrogenated vegetable oils."

Here's a list of foods with trans fats:

  • Frozen pizza
  • French fries
  • Fried or battered foods
  • Nondairy creamers
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Waffles and pancakes
  • Cookies
  • Potato chips
  • Pie and piecrust
  • Frozen dinners
  • Meat sticks (Slim Jims)
  • Crackers
  • Canned chili
  • Packaged pudding.

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