Food labeling: trans fatty acids in nutrition labeling, nutrient content claims, and health claims. Final rule

Fed Regist. 2003 Jul 11;68(133):41433-1506.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending its regulations on nutrition labeling to require that trans fatty acids be declared in the nutrition label of conventional foods and dietary supplements on a separate line immediately under the line for the declaration of saturated fatty acids. This action responds, in part, to a citizen petition from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). This rule is intended to provide information to assist consumers in maintaining healthy dietary practices. Those sections of the proposed rule pertaining to the definition of nutrient content claims for the "free" level of trans fatty acids and to limits on the amounts of trans fatty acids wherever saturated fatty acid limits are placed on nutrient content claims, health claims, and disclosure and disqualifying levels are being withdrawn. Further, the agency is withdrawing the proposed requirement to include a footnote stating: "Intake of trans fat should be as low as possible." Issues related to the possible use of a footnote statement in conjunction with the trans fat label declaration or in the context of certain nutrient content and health claims that contain messages about cholesterol-raising fats in the diet are now the subject of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) which is published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register.

MeSH terms

  • Community Participation
  • Coronary Disease / prevention & control
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Fatty Acids*
  • Food Labeling / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Health Promotion / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
  • Public Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States
  • United States Food and Drug Administration


  • Fatty Acids