By Tom Webb
Posted: 11/07/2013 12:01:00 AM CST | Updated: 19 min. ago
General Mills still produces dozens of items containing trans fats, from Grands cinnamon rolls to Totino's pizza rolls, Pillsbury sugar cookies to the original Bisquick.
The Golden Valley-based foodmaker has been gradually reformulating its products to remove trans fats, but that process isn't finished. Trans fats provides flakiness to baked goods, an issue at the home of Betty Crocker and the Pillsbury Doughboy.
And it became more of an issue Thursday, with the Food and Drug Administration, citing health concerns, saying it will require the food industry to phase out the additive.
"They still market products with trans fat, and they told us there are technical challenges -- meaning shelf life isn't quite as long, or that texture isn't quite right," said Michael Jacobson, executive director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer group leading the campaign against trans fat.
In a statement, General Mills said it "had already been working quickly to reduce the use of partially-hydrogenated oil in products as the science began to shift on trans fats -- and more 90 percent of our U.S. retail products are already labeled as zero trans fat."
"But we will also need to move to respond quickly to FDA on this question, and we will," the General Mills statement said.
"Achtung! Der Furor will decide what you are allowed to eat." Michelle Obama, 2013
So...if it is not good for you, the Federal Imperial Government is going to outlaw it. Sugar, salt, meat, fats of any kind. All are on the way out if this pattern is followed.
I'd love for a Lib to tell me that the Obama Administration is not over reaching with regulations on companies. That Lib is either ignorant, a Kool-Aid drinker, or a liar.