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No Trans Fat? No Problem.

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Whitehall Specialties will be there to guide you through this transition.

In June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that trans fat no longer falls into the agency’s category of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). With the removal of trans fats from this list, any company that would want to continue its use in a product would be required to petition the agency to regulate it under special and limited circumstances.

The FDA has allowed a three year transition period for compliance, with the industry phase out of Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs) to be finalized by the year 2018.  As a result of the new requirement, Whitehall Specialties plans to shift away from Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil as a fat source option and assist each client through this transition.

 “Whitehall Specialties is a world leader in custom cheese products,” stated Karl Kramer, President and CEO, Whitehall Specialties. “And, we look to lead the industry in this evolution as well.”

The company has readied its customer service and support staff to address any questions and guide our customers through this process.

Whitehall will execute a stepped out program:

 

  • Update nutrition labels as initiated and approved by the customer to ensure a smooth and timely transition.
  • Establish an individualized timeframe to accommodate multiple SKUs efficiently.
  • Coordinate with our R&D and technical team members to make product formulations and related adjustments to nutritional data.
  • Manage sourcing and inventory of ample supplies of each customer’s preferred PHO replacement.

 

“We assert, with confidence, our customers’ products will comply with these new FDA standards quickly without sacrificing the quality expected from us. We encourage our customers to contact us at their earliest convenience to get started,” Kramer said.

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