Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on FDA’s Move to Eliminate Trans-Fat

Jun 16, 2015 Issues: Health Care

Washington DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to the Food and Drug Administration move to eliminate trans-fat from American food products over the next three years:

“Our country is sick, two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and half are obese. Since just 1960, the average weight of the American woman has increased by 26 pounds and a man by nearly 30 pounds, we have a massive problem. You only need to look through a few food labels at the grocery store to see just how unhealthy our food has become in recent years. That is why I’m pleased that the FDA has taken this real step towards making our nation healthier by eliminating trans-fat from our food," said Congressman Ryan. “This ruling helps reverse the trend of poor dietary habits, but we can do more. I have introduced two pieces of legislation that will increase nutrition education and encourage healthier eating and lifestyle choices. We can no longer ignore the problem, and together we can start to make a difference and save the lives of thousands of Americans.”

Congressman Tim Ryan has introduced two pieces of legislation aimed to improving the health of Americans. The Salad Bar in Schools Expansion Act (HR 2627) would provide the necessary training and technical assistance for schools to set up salad bar programs, so that children have access to healthier and more nutritious lunches. Very few children eat the daily amount of fruits and vegetables recommend by national health authorities, but this can be rectified – research indicates that school salad bars increase children’s consumption of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. 

And the Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act (HR 4427), which creates a grant program for U.S. Medical Schools and Osteopathic Colleges to establish integrated nutrition curriculum program. This three year grant program would highlight the role that nutrition and diet play in prevention and management of obesity and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.