H. R. 3317
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 23, 2009
Mr. Israel introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To direct the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to revise the Federal regulations applicable to the declaration of the trans fat content of a food on the label and in the labeling of the food when such content is less than 0.5 gram.
This Act may be cited as the
Trans Fat Truth in Labeling Act of
The Congress finds as follows:
The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies advises the United States Government on nutritional science for use in public policy and product labeling programs.
In 2002, the Institute of Medicine issued dietary reference intakes for energy, carbohydrate, fiber, fat, fatty acids, cholesterol, protein, and amino acids and made recommendations regarding consumption of trans fat.
recommendations included a statement that
trans fatty acids are not
essential and provide no known benefit to human health.
The Institute of Medicine concluded that both saturated and trans fats increase levels of LDL cholesterol and trans fats may also lower levels of HDL cholesterol.
A 2006 New
England Journal of Medicine scientific review stated that
nutritional standpoint, the consumption of trans fatty acids results in
considerable potential harm but no apparent benefit.
Declaration of trans fat content of less than 0.5 gram per serving on the label or in the labeling of food
Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commissioner of Food and Drugs shall promulgate a final regulation revising section 101.9(c)(2)(ii), and such other provisions as may be necessary, of the Code of Federal Regulations to require that—
if the trans fat content of a serving of a food is less than 0.5 gram, and
if the trans fat content of a serving of the food is declared in the nutrition information on the label or in the labeling of the food,
The regulation promulgated under subsection (a) shall take effect on the date that is 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.