This special news section highlights current issues affecting the frying/restaurant industries.
FDA delays trans fat ban
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving companies more time to eliminate trans fats from their processed foods. The FDA said it's extending the public comment period on its determination that trans fats are not safe for use in food.
GMA, IFT to FDA: We need more time to respond to crackdown on PHOs, artificial trans fats
Food manufacturers have urged the FDA to give them more time to consider its proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats from the American diet.
NRA seeks input on trans fat phaseout
The National Restaurant Association is conducting a survey of industry professionals to determine how the Food and Drug Administration’s tentative decision to ban partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fat in foods, would affect how the industry conducts business.
Bill would check FDA menu labeling [rules]
New legislation in the Senate would exempt pizza delivery joints and grocery stores from upcoming federal rules requiring restaurants to post the number of calories in their food.
The impact and consequences of banning trans fatty acids
To many the proposed FDA rule to deny GRAS status to partially hydrogenated oil—and thereby in effect banning it from use—would be a great public health benefit. However, this proposed rule is not without consequences to many individuals, so it is critical that this decision is made carefully.
Study: some 'healthy' vegetable oils may actually increase risk of heart disease
Some vegetable oils that claim to be healthy may actually increase the risk of heart disease, and Health Canada should reconsider cholesterol-lowering claims on food labelling, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
FDA releases draft guide re: acrylamide in foods, comment period open
This guidance provides information to help growers, manufacturers, and food service operators reduce acrylamide in certain foods.
Lawyer: Expect calls for longer comment period on FDA crackdown on trans fats
Food manufacturers are likely to ask for an extension to the 60-day comment period set by the FDA to consider its proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a food law attorney has predicted.link.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels.
The Food and Drug Administration proposed measures on Thursday that would all but eliminate artery-clogging, artificial trans fats from the food supply, the culmination of three decades of effort by public health advocates to get the government to take action against them.
Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of them for good.
So long, margarine: Artificial trans fat in foods may eventually become a thing of the past. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats -- partially hydrogenated oils -- is no longer "generally recognized as safe."
The federal government made the first step today to try to get trans fat out of our diets completely. The idea is to make us healthier but many are questioning if that is a decision the folks in Washington should be making. They want the government to stay out of their frying pans. At The Bistro restaurant prides itself on serving up healthy soul food. Owner Terra Smith says the two can co-exist.
What will food without trans fats taste like? You probably already know. Artificial trans fats — widely considered the most dangerous of the so-called bad fats in the American diet — were officially shown the door by the Food and Drug Administration this week, but the truth is most food manufacturers and restaurants started the eviction process years ago.
To some, like the New York Post [FDA’s proposal] is a vicious new outcropping of nanny state-ism. To people who have been following this for the years it's been in the making, it's closing an important loophole. Taking trans fats off the GRAS list won't remove them from the food supply. But it goes a long way toward getting them out.
They are among our most personal daily decisions: what to eat or drink. Maybe what to inhale. Now that the government's banning trans fat, does that mean it's revving up to take away our choice to consume all sorts of other unhealthy stuff? Salt? Soda? Cigarettes? In the tug-of-war between public health and personal freedom, the Food and Drug Administration's decision to ban trans fats barely rates a ripple.
With a new FDA proposal to outlaw trans fats, this may be the end of what was once considered “a great boon to Americans’ arteries.”
Trans fats will be phased out of US food, the FDA says. The pressure for a ban on trans fats came from New York's health-conscious mayor.
New regulations regarding menu labeling and calorie information are expected to be released soon, but writing the rules has proved more complicated than expected.
With the passing of a law requiring some restaurants to display the caloric information of their food products, a [University of Florida] survey shows most adults still do not know how many calories they actually need. link:
Fried food is probably not on anyone's lists of healthy eats, but you have to start with this: Fat is good for you. Of course, the key word is moderation. You can eat fat as long as it's high quality and you don't eat it to the exclusion of plants.
Burger King's latest efforts to improve its perception among health-focused consumers has been successful so far and could have more staying power than similar efforts from McDonald's, according to industry watchers.
Long John Silver’s is switching to trans-fat-free cooking oil in its domestic restaurants. By the end of the year, the company says that all of its U.S. locations will use trans-fat-free cooking oil for all fried products.
A 98-year-old researcher who specializes in heart disease sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for refusing to ban artificial trans fat from the food supply; he claims they cause 100,000 deaths a year and contribute to diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Aside from health-care costs, restaurants, grocery stores and delis also need to prepare for another side effect of ObamaCare: menu labeling. The law will require businesses with more than 20 locations to calculate the nutritional content for all food products and post the information on menus and signs.
Even as more U.S. restaurants list nutritional information on their menus, less than half of Americans, 43%, say they pay a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of attention to it. Americans are much more likely to take note of nutritional labels on food packages, with 68% saying they pay at least a fair amount of attention to this information.
The newly released Obesity in Canada report says that one in four Canadians are obese. Now is the time to talk about fats. Link: http://www.producer.com/2013/08/get-the-skinny-on-fats-and-oils/
So what are food manufacturers using instead [of oils with trans fats[? One alternative is palm oil. But it's not an ideal replacement.There are environmental concerns about how palm oil is produced. And what's more, from a health perspective, palm oil is high in saturated fat.
Ignore the claims that easy-to-see calorie counts don't make an impact on consumers' food choices. It's too soon to tell.
The city of Chelsea, Mass. has voted to enact the harshest trans fat ban in the country. All other cities that have implemented trans fat bans have allowed for trace amounts of artificial trans fat in food, but Chelsea will prohibit it completely.
Republicans and Democrats are engaged in serious discussions about the policy reforms needed to achieve economic growth, create jobs and reduce deficits. A number of important opportunities exist for Congress to provide regulatory relief. Menu labeling represents one example of a regulation that threatens to impose significant costs without delivering meaningful value.
For many quick-service restaurants, french fries are low on the innovation priority list, one of multiple side options that accompany the all-important main dish. But for Scott Nelowet, CEO and founder of French Fry Heaven, french fries are the main event, a menu item with endless possibilities
The committee considered a variety to proposals for new international labeling regulations and claims about levels of specific nutrients in foods, such as no-added sugar, salt and trans fatty acids. (Editors’ note: While this article is written from the dairy industry’s perspective, it also contains general information on this meeting that is relevant to fit frying. To date, no media outlets have reported on the committee’s meeting.)
Saturated, unsaturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated? Olive, canola, soy, Malaysian palm fruit oil, palm kernel oil, coconut oil or animal fats (beef tallow, lard) - which are the healthier choices? The answers may surprise you.
The majority of Americans’ caloric intake comes from food purchases made at supermarkets, grocery and convenience stores, a new study has found. The study determined that food purchased from restaurants accounts for between 17 percent and 26 percent of Americans’ total caloric intake, based on age group.
After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, men who eat a diet high in vegetable fats, such as those in nuts and olive oil, may be less likely to have their disease spread, a new study suggests.
Calling all fried food fans, Pommes Frites has one word for you: fries. Specializing in everything ‘authentic Belgian fries,’ Pommes Frites is not your typical food joint. It has created a must-try fried innovation. And the shop’s name, Pommes Frites, means exactly that—fries.
Which eateries make the cut as America's finest potato handlers? Using tips from culinary experts and hungry diners, U.S. News Travel has tracked down 11 places where spuds get the respect they deserve. Whether you're a flavor innovator or a french fry purist, these eateries are consistently recognized by food critics and foodies alike for their tantalizing taters.
Growing scientific evidence supports the use of canola oil, beyond its beneficial actions on circulating lipid levels, as a health-promoting component of the diet.
Wish you could enjoy fried food, without feeling guilty? Go ahead! A recent Spanish study found it might not be all that bad for you after all. Of course, there's a caveat.
Eighteen months after King County, Wash., chain restaurants were required to post nutrition information, customers are eating 38 fewer calories – or the equivalent of one-tenth of a chili cheese burrito from Taco Bell – per meal. And, local health advocates say that’s progress.
Industry efforts to reduce and/or remove trans fats from food products have led to progress, but this progress is slowing, and the industry must continue its effort to reformulate, says a new report from Harvard School of Public Health.
A research review finds that saturated fats per se may not be responsible for many of the adverse effects with which they have been associated.
The Food Marketing Institute, lobbyist for grocers including Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc., is calling on President Barack Obama to curtail a U.S. health law provision that mandates the companies display the calorie content of all their foods.
Three years after Congress voted to require it, you still won't find calories listed on the menus of most restaurant chains. The problem? The federal government has yet to write the specific rules to carry out the law, in part because supermarkets are balking at it.
This old school grease was vilified when animal fats were turfed in favour of plant-based oils. But could this ostracized high-calorie food actually be healthy?
The State Fair of Texas is known as the Fried Food Capital of Texas, but it may well be the fried food capital of the world. The fair has held an annual "friendly food fight" among concessionaires called the Big Tex Choice Awards contest since 2005. Trophies are awarded for the best tasting and most creative dishes."
For anyone who checks labels when buying food products, the statement “No Trans Fats” does not always mean no trans fats, and that is not misleading according to the Third Circuit.
About one out of every seven restaurants in King County [Wash.] list nutritional information about each menu item, including how much fat, salt, and calories are in each serving. The requirement, which went into effect in 2010, requires chain restaurants with 15 or more locations to provide the information.
Q: I get confused when I see the different types of fats on the nutrition facts label. What are the differences and which ones are the best for my health? A: We typically see …
Many modern cooks have never learned to fry. We are convinced that fried food is unhealthy, unpopular and messy. But Norman King, a lifelong Southerner, a registered dietitian and a food editor at Southern Living, is out to change that.
The Stampede announced 31 new treats Thursday that will be offered up at this year’s Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth, including several deep fried delicacies and, in true Stampede fashion, snack foods on sticks.
Much like laws in the other states that ban restaurants and food eateries from using trans fats, Texas senators are now considering a similar measure in House Bill 1359.
Crispy-crunchy-savory perfection on the outside, succulently juicy goodness on the inside. That’s what makes fried chicken the official best food of all time. I’m obsessed with it, and my awesome chicken quest will never end. Here are my favorite local versions of the greatest comfort dish ever to exist.
To go along with Denver's best burgers in honor of Burger Week, Eater scoured the city for the best fried foods. And because fried food is irresistible, we included some fried stuff that one would eat without the burgers.
Look out pretzels, popcorn and cookies, there's a new player in the quick-service snack space. And it just so happens this concept offers one of America's favorite fast food staples — french fries.
California on Friday became the first state to prohibit restaurants from using artery-clogging trans fats in preparing their food. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will ban restaurants and other retail food establishments from using oil, margarine and shortening containing trans fats.
Three ingredients have shouldered much of the blame for the nation's growing health woes. But is the finger-pointing justified? Dr. Ruth Kava isn't concerned with the hype or hyperbole, emotion or ideology. She's after one result: scientific accuracy.
Further research on artificial trans fat and heart health is not necessary, claim the authors of a new review – but there is a need for more research in several other areas related to trans fat.
Policies aimed at reducing levels of trans fats in food can be effective without increasing levels of total fat, a systematic review shows.
Chef, Registered Dietitian and cookbook author Norman King visits NBC’s Today Show to cook up classic Southern dishes, from salad to dessert. (Editor’s note: And he does it with fit frying flair!)
Researchers say the rule that will specify where and how nutritional information will be displayed on menus—already three years in the making—might benefit from a rewrite.
Wish you could enjoy fried food, without feeling guilty? Go ahead! A recent Spanish study found it might not be all that bad for you after all. (Editor’s note: This study reinforces the importance of following the 5 Factors of Fit Frying.)
Oils and fats provide some essential flavors and functions in food processing, and those attributes are usually juxtaposed against cost concerns when a food processor selects one of these products for an application. During the past decade, however, a larger issue has come to the forefront.
People living in the Mediterranean have a much lower risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease than those of us stuck in other parts of the world. Researchers … attributed olive oil’s disease-fighting power to high amounts of monounsaturated fats. But now, however, new research shows that a natural substance found in olive oil called oleocanthal is the real hero.
Canola and high-oleic canola oils can lower abdominal fat when used in place of other selected oil blends in a heart-healthy diet for weight maintenance, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s EPI/NPAM 2013 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans on March 21.
After a bill was reintroduced last week that would exempt grocery stores and convenience stores from labeling prepared foods with nutrition information, the National Restaurant Association announced the group opposes the new legislation.
The Food Marketing Institute has reinforced its position on calorie-count menu labeling — that the federal Food and Drug Administration’s menu labeling regulations should not extend to grocery stores. At a press conference held near the Capitol yesterday, FMI underscored its support of a bill, H.R. 1249, known as "The Commonsense Nutrition Disclosure Act,” that was reintroduced in Congress yesterday.
The trade association representing margarine and vegetable fats makers in the EU has tightened its Code of Conduct for the third time since 1995, in an effort to reduce trans fat levels in foods and fats at retail.
Typically, share worthiness and participation are thought about in the context of how Millenials discuss brands online. But share worthiness and participation take a different form when it comes to chicken wings.
Olive oil, when compared to other natural oils and fats, has the greatest effect in making people feel full -- another health benefit suggesting that it can help people lose weight, or at least avoid gaining more.
Learn how to make french fries and curly fries, and how to deep fry potatoes. Thanks to partner Idaho Potato Commission for this content.
It’s every small-business owner’s dream: for your business to go viral through social media so everybody knows about you. But what happens when the dream turns into a nightmare—when too many people know about your business, you can’t keep up with demand for your product, crowds get out of hand and other customers get turned off?
Many of Nevada’s chain restaurants, grocery stores, vending machines and convenience stores would need to label the nutritional information of their food under a bill proposed at the Nevada Legislature.
Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines. Writing a new menu labeling law "has gotten extremely thorny," says the head of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it.
Look out, olive oil. Production of high-oleic acid soybean oil is set to rise 20-fold in less than five years and biotech giants Monsanto and DuPont expect food industry demand to grow fast.
Beloved fries and tots are taking another turn in the limelight, this time nestling under flavorful sauces and bold toppings.
FitFrying.com has been updated so that it can offer more resources to foodservice operators who want to fry more healthfully, while still meeting consumer demand for fried foods. Reflecting the high level of attention being given to the topic of healthier frying, the revamped website allows the FitFrying Partnership to focus on providing those resources that operators need most, in the formats they want most.
Cowboy Chicken, the seven-unit Dallas-based, fast-casual, wood-fire rotisserie chicken brand announced it has brought back its made-to-order hot crispy Kettle Chips due to customer demand.
No one's trying to take away supertanker-sized soda drinks in Mississippi, but state lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to make sure they never do. House Bill 1182 would prohibit counties and cities from creating food regulations such as requiring nutritional labeling at restaurants, banning junk foods and keeping toys out of meals.
With a $2,500 grand prize to the winner, the Idaho Potato Commission has announced the start of a Heart Smart Recipe Contest. The contest, with help from fitness guru Denise Austin, began Feb. 8 on MrFood.com and will run through Feb. 24.
The cast of Opera Tampa performed for a hungry crowd earlier this week during the mayor's monthly Food Truck Fiesta. As the audience devoured some of the best fried delectables in the city, they were treated to Verdi, Puccini, and many other classics by a talented crew.
Whether you're cooking up some fries, sautéing vegetables, or frying some fish, what you cook it in can make a big difference for your health… Now, the Health Department is reporting which new local restaurants use trans fat-free cooking oils.
With many diners across the country still trying to make good on their New Year's resolutions to stick to a healthier diet, Wing Zone is trying to cash in on their hard-fought efforts. Its newest chicken product, Skinny Dippers—unbreaded, 100 percent white chicken breast that's fried and flavored-fused in one of the brand's 17 flavors—plays up this health angle.
The City of Chelsea Board of Health will review a regulation adopted in 2011, but whose enforcement has been postponed, that bans the use of artificial trans fat in products sold by food establishments. The BOH will take up the matter at their next regular meeting scheduled for February 19 at 5:30PM at Chelsea City Hall. The ban would require food establishments to discontinue the use of artificial trans fats that can often be found in vegetable oils, butter substitutes, shortening, margarine, cake mixes and frosting.
It’s been seven years since the FDA began requiring all packaged foods to list trans fats on nutrition labels. Now, health benefits are beginning to appear.
Recent consumer potato consumption trends point to significant growth opportunities for the U.S. potato industry, according to new research unveiled at Potato Expo 2013.
When I need a chicken-fried fix, I forego the hefty sides altogether and instead opt for a cold beer because, sometimes, a beer is the only side dish you need for chicken-fried steak.