(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) issued the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to ban trans fat:
“I commend the President and the FDA for its decisive scientific determination that trans fats are unsafe in foods. This is a win for the public health of all Americans. We have known for some time that trans fats pose harmful and sometimes deadly dangers to Americans consuming foods with these unsafe ingredients. This necessary, sensible action will provide tremendous benefits to public health. Keeping trans fats out of our food will save lives and make future generations healthier.”
Blumenthal has been a vocal advocate for providing consumers with increased information necessary to make healthy food choices, introducing the Food Labeling Modernization Act in the 113th Congress, leading legislation to require labeling of genetically engineered foods, and calling on the FDA to implement clearer, stronger food nutrition labels.