Washington Watch: IDFA Fights Trans Fat Labeling
August 31, 2004
Dairy industry representatives are lining up in opposition to proposed new federal requirements for trans fat labeling on food products. The current FDA rule requires most foods to list trans fat content on a new line in the Nutrition Facts panel. That rule takes effect in 2006. But the agency is also considering other proposals to require even more trans fat information on food labels, including a "daily value level." The International Dairy Foods Association says there is not sufficient research nor scientific agreement about how much trans fat is harmful to set a daily level. Although dairy products contain very low levels of trans fat, nearly all dairy product labels will have to be changed in order to accommodate the new line in the Nutrition Facts panel, even if the product can state "0" grams of trans fat. In its comments filed with FDA, the dairy group said it is concerned about the cost of requiring additional changes to food labels.